Author: Bob Terrell
Date: June 15, 2012
The document, Amount of Freezer Beef Expected from a Carcass?, was obtained from the WWW. You may access the original thru Google or any other search engine. I modified this document from its original PDF format because I couldn’t get the computer to convert it to a format acceptable to Word Perfect (my word processor of choice for 20+ years). The figures are the same but the format is different.
My comments to the figures in this document: Keep in mind that all our land grant colleges and Universities are under the deep influence of commercial interests. Most of their work should always be looked at as being skewed to Corp Ag interest. That’s where the money comes from, directly, or indirectly through lobbying efforts.
Grass Fed beef is of no interest to Big Corp Ag meat processors and in fact is considered a threat to their corporate profits despite the fact that Grass Fed meat is a very small percentage of the market. Of course Grass Fed beef is a big threat to the Commercial Crop industry because we do not feed grains to our beef. (At least most of us don’t). We are evan a bigger threat if we conform to the concept of “Grass Fed” in detail. There are movements under way and maybe already in effect that allow confinement feeding of “Grass” and defining silage products as “Grass” and going so far from the original idea of grass fed to consider corn silage as “Grass.”
These comments are injected here because the figures for yields are based on grain and silage fed feed lot animals. These animals are in general stuffed with grain and silage to meet maximum weight in the shortest period of time. As a necessary evil to achieve these objectives they are supplemented with antibiotics and hormones and they live in their own feces from start to finish.
The end result is a high yielding animal that has fat stuffed in every part of it’s carcass and results in a high yield percent on the rail and a low yield retail cut after the bone and fat is cut out. In addition there is an extremely high exposure to bacteria, mold and fungus.
Our Grass Fed and finished beef usually yields lower on the rail and higher on the retail cut. As the pictures show, our beef has a nice fat cover which aids in the ageing process and contributes to its unique flavor and tenderness.
I hope to add additional information to our web site detailing the many benefits of eating Grass Fed Beef. Searching through the WWW you will see many positives about grass fed beef. I would appreciate reading these articles.