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Corn-Fed v Grass-Fed Beef: Compare and Contrast

What farms animals eat is just as important as what we eat. Whether it is chicken, eggs, or beef, there will be a vast difference in the quality of meat depending on what the animal's diet was. Many people debate over corn-fed versus grass-fed beef, but don't know the actual differences. Here are some of the main qualities of each one.


Cows who were fed corn in their diet tend to produce a variety of qualities in their meat. While the majority of our beef has been corn-fed for the last century, many people are questioning the health benefits and taste. From the beginning of their lives, cows that are fed a corn based diet tend to live in poor conditions and are stuck in feedlots for most of their life. From there, they are moved to a slaughtering house. The outcome for corn-fed beef is the following:

Large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3, and B6

High in Iron, Zinc, and Selenium

As a red meat, it is full of a variety of minerals


With more dietary research and consumers looking to improve their health, grass-fed beef is becoming extremely popular. Unlike the above-mentioned corn-fed cows, grass-fed cows are raised and put out into pastures, living their lives in open spaces with a healthy diet before they are taken into a slaughter house. The end result means more nutrients and minerals found in the meat. Here's a quick breakdown of grass fed beef:

High amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin E,

High amounts of micronutrients, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Zinc, and Iron

As well as the nutrients found in corn-fed beef

Vitamin B6, B3, and B12

At Rusty's Ranch Cafe, we only select the best beef to make our delicious meals. Head on down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and try one of our mouth watering hamburgers!

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