I recently picked up a split half from a new beef provider. My guy uses a meat processor that's close to where I live. It is a meat store/processor and they do a lot of deer at this time of year. They were very busy at the time of my processing and they were over a week late getting it done.
To make a long story short, there were other problems, too. They didn't give me the suet, kidneys, liver, or bones that I was promised. The processor said that the animal's liver was "bad" and they offered to make it up to me "after the first of the year." (There was no explanation for the other missing items.) Of course, their shop sells feedlot animals so that's what I'm guessing they would be giving me. I declined.
While I was bummed out about this turn of events, the steaks looked good. Tasted good. Then I opened a 1-lb package of ground beef, which was in a white "sleeve," wrapped like a fat sausage. (I have something like 40 more of these packages.) I was surprised that the meat was pink. Like conventional, supermarket beef. I have never had grassfed ground beef that wasn't bright red. I opened a second one. Same thing.
I'm thinking that the processor filled out my order with ground beef from a feedlot cow. Is grassfed beef readily distinguishable from a feedlot animal by the color?
I must say, I am not sure I trust my judgment on the taste aspect of it. It tasted good to me, but lacked something in texture. And the color, again, is unlike any grassfed beef. It just looks pale.