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Grass-fed Production

Brazil is the world's largest producer and consumer of beef and its second largest exporter1. With a cattle herd of approximately 209 million head and pastureland covering 20% of Brazil's land mass, grass-fed production systems account for nearly 90% of the beef consumed in the country2.

The characteristics of such systems include the use of native pasture cultivated as the only source of energy and proteins for breeding, raising and finishing cattle.

Grass-fed systems are adopted in all regions of the country, especially in the cerrado biome of Roraima and Amapá; in the flooded fields on the Isle of Marajó, in the Lower Amazon and in the state of Maranhão; in the Caatinga biome of the semiarid Northeast; in the Pantanal wetlands; and in the states in Brazil's South.

Differences Between Grass-fed and Organic Production

Grass-fed production

Use of green fertilizers from pastures and industrial fertilizers

Organic production

Use exclusively of green fertilizers from pastures

Grass-fed production

Use of allopathic medicines

Organic production

Phytotherapy and homeopathic medicines

Grass-fed production

Breeding via natural mounting, artificial insemination, embryonic transfer or in-vitro fertilization

Organic production

Breeding exclusively via natural mounting or artificial insemination

Grass-fed production

Mandatory vaccines

Organic production

Mandatory vaccines
1. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2015
2. Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (ABIEC), 2015