Grass-Fed Beef Publication

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Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

U.S. consumers who choose to purchase "grass-fed" beef over grain-finished beef do so for numerous reasons, largely based on perceptions that include promotion of animal well-being, environmental sustainability and superior nutritional profile. A recently published manuscript summarizes the nutrient and sensory quality data from published U.S. studies comparing beef from grass-fed to that of grain-finished cattle.

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The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.
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