Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef. But what’s the difference?


At Golden Pig & Co, the meat that we use in all of our beef products is grass-fed beef, and we often have people ask us what is the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef. With a lot of ‘buzz’ words being thrown around the food industry recently, we know that things can get a little confusing, and that is why we have decided to break it down for you once and for all.

When it comes to your health, it is important that you are putting the best things into your body and are as informed as you can be. There are key nutritional differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef, and we have created a quick, digestible summary for you:

Grass-fed cows are free to roam in pastures and are therefore never placed in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s). As the cows are free to roam, they receive a healthy natural diet of grass, bugs and other vegetation, and are therefore not exposed to hormones or antibiotics. Due to these living and environmental conditions, grass-fed products are significantly higher in nutrients and minerals (beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin D, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium) and also contain two to four times more omega-3’s and 5 times more CLA.

Grain-fed cows live in feed lots for most of their lives, where they are confined to an environment of their own feces and are restricted in movement. In these feed lots cows are fed grains that cause rapid fattening, leading to illness and thus hefty antibiotic and hormone use. Additionally, grain-fed meat is four times more fatty and therefore contains more calories and omega-6 fatty acids, promoting a poor omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.

The comparison in nutritional value of grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef speaks for itself. All our meat at Golden Pig & Co is from Jack our Butcher - who is also a farmer! Every week he brings his fully grass-fed cattle and free-range animals from his Mudgee Farm to his store in Sydney. At Golden Pig & Co we advocate for the use of grass-fed beef and free-range animals in all our products. Have we convinced you yet?