in Mid Canterbury I know a farmer or two who fatten up steers on their property with a mix of rape and hay, rape is fast growing, yields a lot, the cattle dig it, though too much bloats them, they get let at slices of the field each day controlled by movable electric fences. Once they are a certain weight and age those farmers sell said steers to the five star beef lot in Mid Canterbury which according to one town website says
pampered damn! lucky cows being pampered with those tasty grains!
The Five Star Feed Lot at Wakanui takes in healthy animals at about eighteen months old, pampers them in a stress-free environment and feeds them a scientifically planned diet of grain so that they nearly double their weight in around 250 days, producing the type of grain-fed marbled beef valued by Japanese gourmets
New Zealand's Only Significant Feedlot Is State Of The Art
this from 2002 states "that Wakanui Feedlot, with its one-time capacity of 15,000 head, is the only cattle feedlot of any size in all of New Zealand. " granted that is 2002, maybe more have popped up?
And most of the beef from that feedlot is sent to Japan as Itouham - big Japanese meat firm are behind it. Besides you couldnt afford the beef that comes out of there. It's bloody expensive stuff! The prices the farmers get for selling one steer to the feedlot pre fattened makes it very worthwhile for them to do it.
so unless there has been a paradigm shift in the produciton of beef in NZ, the only grain feed steers in NZ are coming here to Japan and not your plate.
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