Beef: Where is your beef from (US)?
We source our beef primarily from the US, although a small percentage of our beef comes from small family farms in Australia. We do so because the Australian climate is much more conducive to grazing on pasture throughout the year, whereas in the US, most farmers have to deal with changes in the seasons, and have to confine their cattle during the winter, and may then feed their cattle grass substitutes.
We also source from Australia because their grassland and the quality of their beef is exceptional. Grass-fed beef in Australia undergoes a stringent grading process (the MSA grading system) which factors in tenderness and juiciness for a maximized eating experience.
All of our beef producers are third-party audited for the strictest of humane standards and practices.
More info on AU beef can be found here: https://www.butcherbox.com/roam/chop-talk/how-our-search-for-the-worlds-best-meat-brought-us-to-australia/
Beef: 100% Grass fed & finished?
Never been Fed grain by-products (distillers grain)
Grass fed means eating annual and perennial grasses, forbs (legumes, brassicas) and cereal grain in a pre-grain state. Under certain times like drought, grass is harvested and stored for future feeding.
Beef: Certified organic?
US producers follow organic practices.
It’s very difficult for small farms to obtain organic certification.
Beef: Free range?
100% certified Pasture-fed
Born on a certified Pasture-fed Property and spends its entire life on certified property
Free Range on Open Pasture to Roam and Graze their entire lives
Beef: Certified for humane practices?
All of our beef US producers are third-party audited for the strictest of humane standards and practices.
Beef from Australia is certified by Australian Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS). and information can be viewed here
Never been confined for intensive feeding.
Cattle stocking density is controlled by size of ranch to ensure sure animals have enough open grazing pasture.
Cattle can only be confined up to 20 days a year for necessary animal management ie; husbandry, weighting weaning or treatment.
3rd party Animal Welfare Certification system to guarantee humane treatment from Calf to Harvest.
Australian beef is certified by Australian Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS): http://www.teysaust.com.au/responsibility/animal-welfare.
US Certified humane: http://certifiedhumane.org
Beef: Antibiotic and hormone free?
No Antibiotics lifetime free (cattle that are sick are given antibiotics, but are separated and never part of our ButcherBox product offering)
No Hormonal growth promotants lifetime free
Beef: Grading (AU)?
MSA grading system guarantees tender and juicy eating experience every time
MSA requires very rigid handling practices to produce stress free animals
All meat is graded by cut for 13 points of eatability for the consumer preferences,
Breed, age, marbling, color, PH (stress related) fat distribution, non-use of hormones
Beef: Grading (US)?
Grass fed & finished beef is lean in nature due to their diet.