When shopping for beef the labeling can be confusing. You see things like "natural," "pasture raised," "organic," "grass fed" etc. How do you know what you're buying? Here is a quick break down of the labels for you:
"Pasture Raised"/ "Natural": Labeling laws allow beef products to display these terms even if the cow spent little or no time outdoors. These labels DO NOT guarantee that the cows were even fed grass. As a health conscious grocery shopper, I would steer away from these labels. You truly do not know what you're buying.
"Organic": Organic standards are higher and help lower the risk of contaminated feed. This beef usually has a higher nutrient quality. However, organic by itself does NOT guarantee a natural lifestyle or food regiment for the cow (this cow could have been from a feedlot and spent little time outdoors and or it could have been fed grains or corns).
"Grass Fed": Go beyond organic by asking for 100% grass fed. However, you must know that "grass fed" is not always sufficient enough. Many times cows are raised on grass for 80% of their life and then the last 20% of their life they were given grains, corn, hormones and possibly antibiotics.
"Grass Fed & Grass Finished": This is your best bet when it comes to buying pure grass fed beef. The term "grass finished" means that the cow was not fed grains or corn and were probably not given hormones or antibiotics the last part of their life. In other words, the cow was fed grass it's entire life from start to finish. Some stores do not label grass finished, so don't be afraid to ask if the beef is grass finished.
As you know, at the Double S Ranch we have grass fed and grass finished beef. Our cows eat grass in pastures daily. They are not given any hormones, corn, grains or antibiotics. We bale our own hay so we know that the hay we are giving to the cows is truly organic without pesticides. We will begin processing orders in January for our beef. We will have a limit supply for the first order, so be sure to sign up here to be one of the first to know when we are taking orders.