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Most American consumers prefer the taste of beef that comes from corn-finished cattle. The principle differences are taste and texture. It’s a choice that is available to consumers. The grass-finished market aims to satisfy a small group of consumers who prefer the concept of cattle grazing through the final stage of production.
Corn-finished cattle produce the type of meat that American consumers have grown to love and expect: a tasty, marbled meat with smooth, consistent flavor. Corn is fed for a limited time on a limited basis to insure the marbling is correct and not too fatty. Cattle are not confined in “Fed-lots” and are free to roam and graze through the final stage of production just as done within the grass-finished market.
Corn-fed cattle on the other hand are what is associated with Fed-Lot or Industrial Beef. The vast majority of U.S. beef cattle eat grain, antibiotics or other high-calorie feeds for several months at a confined feedlot before being processed. Eating such concentrated feed fattens the animals quickly and produces fat-marbled meat.