The Difference Between Grass-Fed Beef and
Australia is a diverse land rich in sunshine, wildlife, and agriculture. The red meat and
livestock industry contribute heavily to the national economy, and beef is very much king.
Despite its relatively small population, Australia is one of the largest beef producers in the
There are two main beef farming methods used in Australia: grass-fed beef production
and grain-fed beef production.
Let’s take a look at the beef industry in Australia, review these two farming methods, and
look at the benefits of grass-fed beef production for cows and consumers.
The beef industry in Australia
Australia has a huge beef industry that far outweighs the nation’s population. When you
include dairy cows, Australia has the 7th largest population of cattle in the world.
Australia is also the 7th largest producer of beef and veal in the world, accounting for 4%
of global beef production and 16% of world beef trade. Australia has a long history of beef
farming, having been one of the top 3 exporters for more than 70 years. Despite recent
setbacks, demand for Australian beef continues to grow around the world.
In 2021, the cattle herd was expected to grow 5% to 25.9 million head, which is close to
the peak recorded in 2019 before the industry was hit by drought-induced liquidation,
trade issues with China, and the global pandemic. According to figures from MLA,
Australia’s red meat industry employs around 190,000 people directly and
around 245,000 indirectly. Unlike many other beef producers, the vast majority of
Australian beef is grass-fed at around 97%. With wide-open spaces, countless grazing
pastures, and endless sunshine, Australia can produce an unmatched quantity and quality
of grass-fed beef.
What is grass-fed beef?
Also known as pasture-fed beef, grass-fed beef represents most of the Australian market.
This style of agriculture is based on traditional farmin