My last post was a misnomer so I scrapped it....
As I see it, the Soil Association leave a farmer an allowable 40% of the cattle feed to be of a non-grass origin. In many cases that will mean an additional pelletted feed, this is brought up in the Soil Associations paper "Feeding the Animals that Feed us".
Around 60 to 80 per cent of a typical concentrate
feed ration will be cereals, primarily wheat and
barley, though oats, triticale and by products
from flour milling or brewing are also used.
I understand the cost issues with buying grass fed only beef, but if you look hard enough it is available and at not too much of a premium. Aberdeen Angus are naturally grass fed as that is their ilk and there are a lot of resources in the UK when you look hard.
Early on in my quest for better than Tescos meat I telephoned a supplier of organic beef to ask if the cattle was all grass fed to which he replied "their feed is supplemented in the winter when there is no pasture with pelletted feed", again...No. It may be that you feel organic is a good starting point for you, or you are comfortable with that as an ethical choice, however as feed contains both grains and soya I would prefer to eat less beef and pay the higher cost just because I am a purist!
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