Our 100% Grassfed Beef is the real deal. We don't lie and sell "grassfed beef" that's finished with grains and corn. If we label beef as grassfed, it is 100% Grassfed and nothing less. And our Grassfed Beef is nothing short of extraordinary. We not only procure grassfed beef that has an incredible Omega 3-to-6 ratio, and overal incredible nutritional profile, we also ensure your beef is nicely marbled which is very difficult in the world of grassfed beef.
We source from local farms when in season, and we import beef from the Southern hemisphere to cover us the rest of the year. Grass does not grow in Ontario year-round, and therefore good Grassfed beef raised locally is not available year round.
YOUR BEEF WILL BE CUT TO ORDER by a real butcher. You’re not getting prepackaged meat.
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All beef labelled 100% Grassfed Wagyu on the site is exclusively imported into Canada by The Healthy Butcher from Firstlight Farms - this beef is arguably the World's Greatest beef. Watch this video from one of our visits to Firstlight:
Our favourite local farm is Pure Island Beef in Manitoulin Island. Watch a video of one of our visits to Pure Island:
Understanding 100% Grassfed Beef
Beef cows are ruminant animals, and they are endowed with the ability to convert grasses, which those of us who possess only one stomach cannot digest, into food that we can digest. They achieve this digestion by the use of a big fermentation tank inside their bodies called a rumen where resident bacteria convert cellulose into proteins and fats. Feeding corn and grain to cattle must rank amongst the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization and is certainly the cause of many of today’s health problems.
Unfortunately in Canada, the terms “Grass fed” and “Grass finished” are not regulated. The common definition is that “Grass fed” refers to livestock that have been raised on pasture and not confined to a feedlot/grain-fed system vs. “Grass finished” means animals spend their final weight-gain stage on grass (and either did or did not eat grains during their lifetimes).
If those definitions are indeed the generally accepted definitions, than the term “Grass fed” is utterly worthless when used to describe meat like beef. Reality check, 100% of cattle consume grass during their lives; and therefore, 100% of beef on the market can be marketed as “Grass fed”. Within a day of consuming grains, the health of that animal and nutritional composition of its resulting meat plummet. It is unfortunate that there is a plethora of meat sold in Canada marketed as “Grass fed” that has been finished on grains and corn, lending to the perception that that beef is healthier when it is absolutely not. In Toronto, the term “Grass fed” is like a plague – we’ve seen it used at the most luxurious of retail outlets to the quaintest of butcher shops – and it is fact that most of that beef has been finished on grains and corn.
Similarly, “Grass finished” does not speak to the length of time the cattle ate grass exclusively. Did it eat grains until a week before slaughter, and then only grass?
At The Healthy Butcher, we have always stayed clear of labelling our grassfed beef as either “Grass fed “ or “Grass finished”, but instead have always used the term “100% Grassfed”. If we sell a cut of beef in our store using the term 100% Grassfed, you can be assured that the animal has only consumed grass. Period.
We are proud to offer locally raised 100% Grassfed beef from the best local farmers during the months of July till November. Why only 5 months out of the year? Well, in Ontario we don’t have grass in February. Although technically beef fed hay or haylage (i.e. cut up and stored grass) is still grassfed, there is a big difference in health and taste when a beef cow eats live grass versus dead grass.