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What is the difference between grass fed and 100% grass fed beef?

Grass fed beef is produced from cattle that eat grass at any time during their life. Grass finished, or 100% grass fed beef, have only consumed forage diets from their entire life.

Grass Run Farms is 100% grass fed and finished beef. Our cattle consume forage diets their entire lives.

Are Grass Run Farms cattle fed grain?

Grass Run Farms cattle never receive grain. Our program protocol does not allow producers to feed grain by-products. During the winter, cattle are fed stored forages that are high in fiber.

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Are Grass Run Farms cattle fed any soy?

Our protocol does allow for cattle to be fed soy hulls. Soy hulls are a grain-free, energy-rich food source and roughage for the rumen (digestive system of the cow). Soy hulls are never a large portion of the diet and cattle never receive any soybeans, soybean meal or soy oil.

Is Grass Run Farms beef Organic?

Our program concentrates on raising cattle without feeding any grain and protocol does not require that our producers include organic grass and forage sources in the feeding regimen. Therefore, we do not make an organic claim.

Is Grass Run Farms beef GMO-free?

Our program protocol does not require that our producers include GMO-free grass in the feeding regimen. Therefore, we do not make that claim.

Do Grass Run Farms cattle receive antibiotics or hormones?

Grass Run Farms is a never-ever natural* beef program. Grass Run Farms cattle never receive antibiotics or added hormones.

*Minimally processed, no artificial ingredients added.

Is Grass Run Farms beef gluten-free?

Our 100% grass fed and grass finished beef is gluten free – even the hot dogs and sausages!

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Are Grass Run Farms cattle are born, pasture raised, and harvested in the USA?

Grass Run Farms cattle are born, pasture-raised, and harvested in the USA.

Where are Grass Run Farms cattle produced?

Grass Run Farms strategically sources cattle from family farms in the Midwest throughout America’s heartland.

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Do Grass Run Farms cattle have access to pasture year-round?

Grass Run Farms cattle must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Our cattle are raised in the Midwest, including Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The growing season in this area is the time period between the last average frost in the spring and the first average frost in the fall within the production area. During the winter, cattle are fed from stored forages to protect them from harsh winter conditions.

Where can I buy Grass Run Farms beef?

Grass Run Farms 100% grass fed beef is currently available in select retail and grocery stores. Visit our Where to Buy page to find a store near you.

We have partnered with Market House, a modern marketplace for quality meats, to ship Grass Run Farms products directly to your door. Visit the Market House website.

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What grade are Grass Run Farms beef products?

Grass Run Farms offers USDA Prime and USDA Choice products, as well as products equivalent to USDA Select.

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What is ungraded beef?

Ungraded beef is beef that has not been graded by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. There is no federal requirement that beef must be graded. The grading of beef is voluntary, and companies, butchers, or grocery stores can choose to grade beef themselves. For more information, see Inspection and Grading: What are the Differences?.

How does grass fed beef fit into a balanced diet?

Not only is grass fed beef incredibly delicious, but it is nutrient-rich. It’s a great protein choice for a balanced diet and provides healthy doses of 9 vitamins and minerals including iron, zinc, selenium, choline, phosphorus, and four B-vitamins. Learn more about beef’s nutrients.

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Is beef heart healthy?

Studies show that lean beef in a balanced, low saturated fat diet is just as effective as chicken and fish in lowering total cholesterol and LDL. A recent study found that eating 3.5 or more servings vs. 3.5 or fewer servings of red meat per week did not affect risks of heart disease, cholesterol, or blood pressure.

What are IQF patties?

IQF, or individually quick-frozen, is a method of flash-freezing individual patties that prevents larger ice crystals from forming during the freezing process. Each patty is frozen individually, so you only have to use the number of patties you need for each meal.

How do I re-package my frozen beef patties?

Re-packaging your patties properly helps maintain quality and prevent freezer burn. It is safe to freeze your patties directly in the original packaging. However, the packaging is permeable to air and quality may diminish over time. We recommend overwrapping patties as you would any food for long-term storage. Fluctuations in temperature during storage can cause patties to form ice crystals that cause each patty to “stick” together. According to the USDA, storing foods at 0°F or lower will retain freshness, quality, nutrients, flavor, and texture.

Why are my frozen ground beef patties discolored?

Frozen beef products will naturally pale in color over time. The dulling of color from bright red to white may be due to a lack of oxygen, freezer burn, or prolonged storage. According to the USDA, food stored constantly at 0°F or below will always be safe, but lengthy freezer storage can impact quality.

Still concerned about the quality of your patties? First, check the odor. Any foods with a rancid or off-smelling odor after being frozen too long should be discarded immediately. You can also try the following test: simply press your thumb down on the patty for a few seconds and lift it. Your body heat will melt away the ice on the surface, and the beef should be pink where your thumb was.

What if the beef patties have freezer burn?

Freezer burn is caused by air coming into contact with the surface of the food and causes spotting. According to the USDA, freezer burn does not make food unsafe to eat. However, heavily freezer-burned foods may have to be discarded for quality reasons.