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Grass Fed Beef

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jmoney, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Jmoney

    Jmoney Portland, OR Member

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    Looking for recommendations on a quarter or half cow for spring purchase. Thanks!
     
  2. juandelaselva

    juandelaselva Boring Sandy Gresham Member

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    I recommend an 18 month old Hereford (the brown & white one) steer .
    He has been grass feed (with some grain to get him through the winter) and will be quartered later this spring.

    'Spring' is a natural event, and can not be tied to a specific date. The beef (IMO) is best when the animal has fed on rich spring grass.

    Let me know if you are interested.
    - John

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  3. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    i would vote against strictly grass fed beef per my last steer. the last one i had here was all grass with a fair amount of alfalfa but no grain, the meat isnt bad but is not as good as previous steers that i had raised. a little chewy and not as flavorful as the others. i wont raise another steer without feeding grain, my:twocents:
     
  4. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    You guys are making me hungry!!!
    Mike
     
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  5. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    What breed?
     
  6. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    hereford, slaughtered at twenty months
     
  7. juandelaselva

    juandelaselva Boring Sandy Gresham Member

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    Was he slaughtered after being on spring grass?
    The alfalfa makes me think/guess you slaughtered him after winter/fall.

    I've only raised/slaughtered 7 cows (Thing2 will be #7), so I am no expert. Those which were finished on/with grain were...not my favorite. Also, the more corn in the c.o.b. the more yellow the fat. Can't say I am a big fan of yellow fat on my beef.

    Also, the breed makes a (bit of) difference. Hereford and Angus are popular now, and meaty! As you may have deduced from the photo above, we are going to try the elite Angus-Holstein cross towards next fall. If I find a good deal on a. Young Belted Galoway steer, I may purchase one of those.