This label on meat means the ruminant animal (cattle, sheep, goat, or bison) has been raised on a diet of fresh pasture during the growing season and stored grasses (hay or grass silage) during the winter months or drought conditions. It is only reliable if the product has a “USDA Process Verified” shield; otherwise, it is a voluntary claim. Sometimes the term “pasture raised” is used interchangeably with “grass fed.”


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