Our Grass-Fed Beef

For years there has been a lot of talk and growing interest in eating Grass-Fed Beef.  And for good reason…  It’s simply better beef.

Grass-Fed Beef is healthier, more nutritious beef with healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. Along with all of these benefits, we guarantee exceptional flavour and tenderness.

What about growth hormones?

Our Meridian Grass-Fed Beef is raised without the use of any added growth hormones or steroids, so the cattle grow at nature’s pace. And antibiotics you ask?  They are seldom used, and only ever as a reactionary measure to treat an un-well animal until they’ve been restored to full health.

By stark comparison, use of growth hormone additives are common place in grain-fed beef operations; used by factory farms to stimulate appetite and accelerate weight gain.  Administration of antibiotics is also routine in the conventional beef industry; used as a preventative measure for disease control as risk of illness greatly increases when the animals are confined to smaller spaces and crowded conditions.

Wait… Aren’t all cows grass-fed?

Answer: Yes… and No.  All beef cattle is raised on grass or silage for a portion of life, but most beef available in stores and markets is finished on grain or corn.  “Grass-Fed” means the animal has been raised entirely on grass and forage, and never been confined to feed lot paddocks to eat grain or corn.

Meridian Grass-Fed Beef is raised 100% grass-fed for the duration of life.  The cattle roam Free Range on open pasture eating naturally growing green grass and maybe a bit of brush and foliage now and again.

Better for you

Grass-Fed Beef is much leaner than conventionally raised beef, making it higher in protein. It's also higher in key nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Plus, grass-fed beef packs about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than standard grain-fed beef.

A study at Cornell University determined that grass-fed beef have less E.coli (approx. 300 times less) than grain-fed beef.  Grass-fed beef is also less likely to contain “superbugs” bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics—so it’s considered superior from a food safety perspective as well.

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Better for the animal

Grass-Fed cattle graze in open pastures on a diet that nourishes them instead of distressing them, resulting in a healthier animal that doesn’t require preventative antibiotics to keep them healthy.

On the flip side… Most conventionally raised beef cattle are moved to crowded feedlot pens (or paddocks) to be finished on a grain based diet along with antibiotics and growth promotants to accelerate their weight gain and get them to market quickly.  Less than favourable living conditions. Being crammed into a room with a few hundred or even thousands of your closest friends might make for a good party, but it is no way to live.

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Simply put: Grass-Fed Beef is Better

It’s better for you.  Better for the animal.  It’s simply better beef.

Meridian 100% Grass-Fed Beef.

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Discussion

13 comments

Anne Clark says:

Could you please let me know what farm your beef is from?
Thank you!

Nicole says:

Do you sell in Bulk of your grass fed beef…our family eats a lot!

dylan says:

Hi Nicole — absolutely we do! You’ll start saving on bulk purchases of our grass fed beef, or any meat product after you order 10 units or more. We also have Freezer Packs available for order, which offer some bulk savings as well!

Alison Alfer says:

Do you sell grass fed butter?

dylan says:

Hi Alison — you bet we do! We sell Kiwi Grass-Fed Butter from New Zealand — it’s delicious!

You may want to just reach out to your preferred Meridian location before making the trip to ensure they have stock available 🙂

Thanks!
Dylan at Meridian

Sue says:

Is your beef from Canada?

dylan says:

Hi Sue — thanks for asking!

Our Rancher’s Choice line of beef is from Alberta.

However, our 100% Grass-Fed Beef is from New Zealand. Please refer to this informative post about the reasons why we source our 100% Grass-Fed Beef from NZ

Sincerely,
Dylan at Meridian

Stephanie Sieben says:

Yummy. Can’t wait to try your products

Helen Austin says:

So happy I looked this up , wonderful to know the cattle roam free and not in feedlots .Hate those immensely .I know the chicken is also good.I do miss your meatballs though , the ones I would order and not from the refrigerator .Thanks again.Hoping to soon get a freezer pack.

lou long says:

a awesome all around store of quality and great service

Julia Brunner says:

So, I’m curious, if your grass fed beef is from New Zealand and Rancher‘s Choice is from Alberta, does that mean the Alberta bed is NOT grass fed?

Terry Town says:

Can we order “grass-fed” organ meats such as liver, kidneys & heart?

Terry Evans says:

I have nown the butcher since the buy rite days. Great people

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