Here’s everything you wanted to know about all-natural beef.

When we go to the grocery store, aisles are cluttered with different options. Sometimes these labels can be confusing, especially when it comes to the meat aisle. It’s important to debunk meat labels and define different types of beef. Today, we’re talking about all-natural beef. As always, for more information on Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch’s beef, visit our website


All-natural beef can mean a lot of different things. In fact, the USDA doesn’t offer much guidance on what stipulations must be met to be considered “all-natural.” Let’s analyze what it does say.


According to the USDA, any fresh meat can be called “natural.” However, these products cannot contain any artificial flavoring or synthetic ingredients. They must also be minimally processed. For example, getting a ground piece of meat would be considered minimally processed. 


In addition, antibiotics may still be used in these cows raised for all-natural beef, as preventative treatment or reactionary in response to an illness. There is a period of time that must pass after the antibiotics are given and before the cow is slaughtered and processed for beef. 


Hormones may also be used; however, only some of them are approved for cattle. It’s important to note that some hormones are naturally occurring, so no meat is really “hormone free.” Be on the lookout for labels that claim this. Instead, search for labels that say “no added hormones” or “raised without hormones.” 


At Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch, we believe the best beef is grass fed. Once you learn about the differences between our cattle and conventional beef, we know you’ll agree. Grass-fed beef features more vitamins, lower calories and a great taste. Shop informed, and shop with us.