Does anyone know whether all or most of the cattle in Ireland is grassfed? I know a lot of their butter (such as Kerrygold) is from grassfed cows, but I was wondering about the meat, particularly the meat that they export.
I'm in southern Europe and in some supermarkets here, the country of origin of the beef and veal is labelled. I usually choose the one from Ireland when it's available (it's the same price and is sold in the same packs as that from other countries, just a different origin on the label), in the (vain?) hope that because it's such a green, grassy country there's a greater likelihood of it being pastured!
Incidentally, I've noticed that the Irish labelled cuts are often the cheaper, stewing cuts rather than the steaks... I tell myself this is because grassfed meat is meant to be tougher than grainfed... (wishful thinking?) Also, I noticed that the bits of fat on it have a peculiar taste, different to the local grainfed fatty meat. Not sure if it was due to rancidity or a genuine characteristic taste.
Any input appreciated!