Grain-Fed Versus Grass-Fed Meat

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Most New Zealand meat is from grass-fed animals

In New Zealand, the majority of our beef and all of our lamb is grass-fed, something we are immensely proud of and which sets us apart from so many other meat-producing countries around the world. Our country’s extensive pastures provide year-round grass in most areas and favourable climate conditions. This is combined with our free-range cattle and sheep grazing practices.

Some NZ beef is grain-fed

Beef tends to be the only product that is grain-fed in New Zealand and falls primarily under the Wakanui brand.  After grazing on lush pastures for 18 months, selected Angus and Hereford cattle are grain finished using GMO-free golden grain whilst still living outside. The beef is then aged for 21 days for maximum tenderness. Because of this process a premium is paid for grain-fed beef.

What tastes better – grain-fed or grass-fed?

Ageing any beef whether it be grain-fed or grass-fed enhances its flavour and tenderness on the plate.

So, what’s the difference in taste between grass-fed and grain-fed? Some say grass-fed is tastier and juicier, while others say grain-fed is more tender. Personally, I enjoy both grass-fed and grain-fed as I enjoy tasting beef produced from different grazing styles. Both have their own distinctive flavour.

Check out our range of grass-fed beef products.