We are so very happy to offer the finest Grass Fed beef and lamb from New Zealand. Our partnership with Silver Fern Farms allows us to provide the highest quality of healthy and environmentally responsible meats. We've been asked to explain the difference between New Zealand grass-fed and other meats, so here is some insight.
What does grass-fed actually mean in New Zealand?
In New Zealand, the climate, clean air and plentiful pure water fuels year-round growth of lush, green pastures. The animals are raised year-round, on this pasture, with access if needed to conserved forages like hay and silage. It also means that they have been raised with the ability to wander and graze freely. The animals can eat and live as they would naturally – reducing stress and promoting better animal welfare.
What does that mean for meat?
With a diet of rich grass animals grow strong, healthy and lean. The meat that is produced has a consistently delicious, distinctive flavor – the mark of red meat as it naturally should be. It’s leaner, more finely textured and nutritionally better for you. Compared to grain-fed, grass-fed meat is lower in saturated fat, and higher in vitamins A and E, conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids.
The Silver Fern Farms Eating Quality (EQ) System®
The Silver Fern Farms Eating Quality (EQ) System® is a science-backed grading process, which allows them to guarantee you a better beef eating experience.
Their Eating Quality System® rates beef on seven scientific criteria proven to contribute to the eating quality of red meat. It stands behind their Master Graders’ promise of beef that consistently meets the highest standards of taste, tenderness and juiciness.
Cuts are hand-selected by an Accredited Master Grader, and are then aged with care for at least 21 days. The Silver Fern Farm new range is proof that only the best beef makes the cut. Each of their beef product carries an EQ Master Grade – the mark of Eating Quality.
They firmly believe this system is leading the way, creating a new standard in premium red meat.
The Animals at Silver Fern Farm
Silver Fern Farm's animals are raised to the highest animals welfare standards. In line with the New Zealand Farm Assurance Program, they are treated with utmost care and respect at every step. Each animal is individually tagged on farm under the National Animal Identification Tracing system and tracked using RFID technology.
The Silver Fern Farm Process.
Their production process are rigorously tested and audited to ensure we meet the highest standards internationally, including the USDA and BRC. Each product is packaged with care and labeled with its point of origin and assigned a unique lot number.