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Sales of grass-fed beef are growing, approaching $300 million, yearly growth rate of over 25%.
I know this is a very small portion of overall beef sales.
The nutritional quality of grass available to cattle has come into question in a report by researcher Joe Craine>
He studies the manure of such cattle and concluded the energy source of crude protein in grass has dropped 20% since the 1990s.
This follows a similar conclusion about prairie lands in an NPR article.
Professor Dan Buskirk, Michigan State, does not agree with Craine’s process, he would prefer testing directly from the cattle’s digestive system as suggested by Voleski at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
It is generally accepted that the soil in the U.S. is not where it should be, possibly due to climate change, drier summers and wetter winters will decrease the quality of grasses.
This would not be good for the grass-fed beef industry.
Caution is advised, because the report only covered one specific area, and covers grass-fed beef.
This has little impact on traditional beef supply
Until next time.