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To my Brit homies out there:  I'm in England for the moment and I have searched and searched for grass fed beef but can't find any. I found mix grass and cereal fed, but not grass only. Does it exist in the UK or more specifically, England?

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I don't think I've ever seen grass-fed beef in any UK supermarket (but it wasn't the most thorough search ever).

 

http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/meat do grass fed beef, so do http://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/beef-pork-lamb-chicken/catlist_fnct480.htm and http://www.paleowales.co.uk/our-produce are another if you willing go down the ordering off the internet :).

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Well, since I've only got a week left, I might leave it to the grass/cereal fed beef, but I will give these things a try next time I visit for an extended amount of time. Thanks for the heads up. Kind of disappointing that they don't have easily accessible grass-fed beef here. Especially since the grass is so nutritious here.

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I think I pointed it out in another thread but you really don't have the negative health/welfare issues surrounding beef production in the US here in the UK.  British Beef is generally reeared on grass with minimal grain supplmentation during winter.

 

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Rebel - you mean there are places who do intensive rearing of BEEF? That's weird and unholy.

 

The rolling hills round here are some of the lushest, tastiest pasture and Devon Ruby is a breed that's just divine in its tasty death.  

 

Though to be honest, most of Britain is good for cattle - and the bits that aren't are good for lamb.  Buy from a local butcher and you won't be sad; supermarket beef is pretty bland here.

 

(this was brought to you by the beef marketing board...)

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Rebel - you mean there are places who do intensive rearing of BEEF? That's weird and unholy.

Yes there are, Which is why grass finished is such a big deal over here. Even lambs are put in feedlots and fed lots of grain most of the time. 

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Guaranteed no horsey bits.  :)

 

 

(Context: It looks like shady abbatoirs have been adding horse to their beef and selling it up the supply chain to low-bidding supermarkets for ingredients. We're all waiting for the tabloids to have a newsgasm when a bit of Romanian gangster turns up in a Value Burger)

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Overall I agree with the previous poster that uk meat is more likely to be grass fed (at least partially) than in the US. Most winter feeds are silage (grass-based feed). But increasingly US methods are starting to appear more and more. You also have to be careful with supermarkets as meat labelled as UK produced isn't always. Animals can be imported and then slaughtered in the uk under labelling laws. Best to check for the red tractor symbol for true UK raised animals. It is best (and often cheaper) to find a small indpendant butcher or farm shop in your local area and ask questions about their meat and how the animals were fed. They will also carry cheaper/more traditional cuts and offal that the big supermarkets don't. Sadly though they are few and far between thank to the big supermarkets.

 

Failing that...there's a list of grass-fed meat suppliers in this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/paleouk/

 

I can personally recommend http://www.devonrose.com/. I've been getting their free-from family box for a few weeks now and it's top quality meat, far far better than the supermarkets and much fresher too.

 

RE the horsemeat scandal. Yes it's been found in processed meats like frozen burgers and ready meals in Aldi, tesco, Lidl, Iceland under their own brands as well as Findus. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21335872

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