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Grass-Fed Livestock

Raising and marketing grass-fed meat.

UC ANR Resources

Cost estimates for producing grass-fed beef - a study conducted by UCCE researchers.  The study includes the cost of a 200-head cow-calf operation that produces the grass-fed heifer herd.

Grass Fed Beef, a way to preserve open space in California - marketing grass-fattened beef directly to the consumer could provide both a higher return to ranchers and a product that has many health advantages for consumers.  
Grazing Fact Sheets - many ways to graze includes Outdoor Hog Production and Dryland and Irrigated Pasture Management.
Grazing on Public Lands - benefits and including food and fiber production, fire fuel reduction and ecosystem services.
Niche Beef Production - learn how to reach developing markets for antibiotic-free, grassfed, or other animal-care-specific meats. Is it worth the cost—to you or to consumers? This publication can help you find the path that's right for you.
Selling Locally Grown Meat - requirements for processing, labeling and more.
Map and Listing of USDA and CDFA licensed meat processing facilities in California (please call the firm to verify accuracy of information found on map).

Other Resources

Other Resources

Grassfed Livestock Alliance
 - a resource for family owned and operated ranches.
Grassfed & Pasture Finished Ruminant Standards - published by the American Grassfed Association, August 2011.
USDA Standards for Livestock & Meat Marketing Claims for grassfed claims for ruminant animals.

All Things Grass Fed - Sponsored in part by the California Food & Fiber Future Grant and the CSU, Chico Agricultural Research Initiative, this site was designed to provide you with a few specific pieces of information:

  • A scientific review of the literature currently available
  • Information on how to develop grass-fed beef product labels
  • Grass-fed beef recipes and cooking tips
  • Updates on grass-fed beef related research
No-Till Drill Rental  flyer from the Gold Ridge RCD.