Grass fed vs Grass Finished: What’s the Difference?

There are two ways to describe raising beef on grass. Unless you understand the difference, you may end up buying a product that is not what you think it is.

Both GRASS-FED and GRASS-FINISHED are used to describe growing beef on pasture. It sounds like they may mean the same thing but there is a big difference between them.

You must realize there is no legal description explaining what the difference is. CFIA has not mandated what the terms mean so they both can mean anything and everything that anyone wants them to mean.

That puts much responsibility on you, the beef eater, to understand the difference and then to make your purchases accordingly.


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From Primal to Carnivore - a 10-year journey. Part 2

When I made the switch to a Primal/paleo/Keto diet, I weighed 232 pounds. It was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. My Body Mass Index was 31.5 and I was obese. Did I feel obese? No, I didn't. I felt normal. With the slow recovery from the accident and the 4 surgeries, my activity level had dropped dramatically and it showed. The soreness from the inflammation from my conventional diet during that recovery made activity painful and it felt better not to do anything.

When I was in Grade 11 I weighed 165 lbs. I was the same height as I am now - 6 ft. So in the 20 years from 1988 to 2008, I had put on almost 70 lbs. I am sure I had more muscle than when I was 17 years old, but most of it was fat. It was only putting on an average of 3 lb of weight a year, but it was a slow and steady decline.

My body would sweat every night. I would wake up and the sheets and pillow would be soaking wet. Sleeping would be painful and stressful on my body. I started snoring at this time. So loudly in fact that my wife started wearing earplugs.

The diet advice from the Primal book was very simple. 1. Don't eat any carbs - no grains, potatoes, or other starchy vegetables. 2. Eat meat, fats, greens, and a little fruit.. 3. Move and be active. 4. Lift heavy things.


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Moving the Cattle Daily on Hoven Farms

Moving is usually quite simple. Before you leave the house, you look at the grazing plan. You then use Google Earth to get the GPS coordinates for the right amount of acreage for the day and send the coordinates to your phone.

When you head out to the field, you look at the amount of grass remaining in the field from yesterdays move. Is there enough residue? Was there more than enough adequate forage for the cattle? Are the cattle quiet and content with full bellies?

If the answers to those questions are yes, you start putting up the fence for the cows. If the answer is no, you adjust the location of the fence and either give the animals more or less acreage to meet your goals.


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Blogging at Hoven Farms

As most of you know we run a large organic, grass finished beef farm.

My husband has recently placed into my "lap" the responsibility for marketing, blogging, and running the orders & deliveries for our farm. He carries enormous responsibility so I understand his reasons for needing to pass on these....we'll call them blessings ;)

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The health of our soil is of upmost importance to us at Hoven Farms. We are very purposeful in how we tend our soils. Improving our soil and making sure that we are “regenerating” what was passed on to us means that the animals that we grow on our farm will receive nutrient dense foo= that means that YOU, our customer receive nutrient dense BEEF. YOUR health matters to us!

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Lorianne Hoven