Definition of Grassfed

Definition of Grassfed

Grassfed animals are fed grass for at least part of their lives. It can, but doesn't necessarily, mean grass-finished, which refers to animals that have been raised on pasture and fed grass from weaning until slaughter. American Grassfed certification requires animals to be grass-finished.

USDA's grassfed standard requires animals be fed a diet of nothing but forage for their entire lives from weaning to slaughter. There is no legal definition for the term grass-finished, so it's meaningless. AGA's certification requires a forage diet from weaning to slaughter, as well as no confinement, no antibiotics or hormones, and livestock born and raised in the U.S.

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