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One shouldn't make assumptions from observations while you "pass through" cattle country. Cattle will gleefully graze on corn if allowed to. However, they will tromp down a great deal of a very expensive crop to plant in the process. This is why we harvest the crop and feed it to them rather than let them do it themselves.DieselkW said:I'm on the Costco supply chain, grain finished - but that is NOT my preference, just my convenience and inherent scrooge-ness.
I'm self employed, so my "wealth" runs in cycles of enduring poverty to occasional riches.
When I have a few extra thousand in the bank and feeling secure in our future, I buy grass fed, grass finished, never frozen local beef and bison.
If you've spent any time in cattle country (I pass through) bovines of all variety are ABSOLUTELY NOT grazing in the corn fields. Given a choice between grass and corn, they choose grass. A cow will not eat corn by choice. Sure, mix it with molasses and oats and whatever other cheap government subsidized "stuff" they can throw on the ground they will eat and gain crucial and valuable weight in the weeks before sale to the slaughter house... yeah it marbles that muscle with fat... but you're paying meat prices by the pound for extra fat.
That's like spraying vegetables with water, then charging by the pound for wet broccoli.
Bovines eating too much grain will get sick and (even more) gassy. Of course I eat grain finished beef, but I prefer the natural kind.
It's not like I'm going to switch to tofu if I can't afford it.