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 productionUse of green fertilizers from pastures and industrial fertilizers
Organic productionUse exclusively of green fertilizers from pastures
Grass-fed productionUse of allopathic medicines
Organic productionPhytotherapy and homeopathic medicines
Grass-fed productionBreeding via natural mounting, artificial insemination, embryonic transfer or in-vitro fertilization
Organic productionBreeding exclusively via natural mounting or artificial insemination
Grass-fed productionMandatory vaccines
Organic productionMandatory vaccines
2. Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (ABIEC), 2015