Grain-Fed Versus Grass-Fed Meat

grass-fed beef and lamb nz

Most New Zealand meat is from grass-fed animals

In New Zealand, the majority of our beef and all of our lamb is totally 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 expertise.

Some free-range, grass-fed beef is hand-selected and aged, which enhances its flavour and tenderness on the plate.

Some NZ beef is grain-fed

Beef tends to be the only product that is grain-fed in New Zealand and currently falls under the Ocean Beef and Wakanui brands. After grazing on lush pastures for 18 months, selected Angus or Hereford cattle are fed a carefully balanced, nutritious diet of locally grown, GMO and additive-free grains for 70 to 135 days while still living outside. The final product is renowned for its marbling and succulence. Because of this process a premium is paid for grain-fed New Zealand beef.

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

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 and succulent. We’re so fortunate in New Zealand to be able to enjoy the distinctive flavours of beef produced from different grazing styles.

Check out our free-rage, grass-fed beef products.