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Grassfed Certification
Two options...which is best?

There are two primary grassfed certification standards. Crystal Springs Consulting, Inc. can help you develop protocols to attain either of the two major grassfed certification standards.

USDA Grassfed Certification

Any product marketed as USDA Certified Grassfed must utilize the certification standards administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Those standards require that grass and forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Participants must submit a documented program that meets the requirements outlined in USDA's ARC 1002 procedure.

American Grassfed

The American Grassfed Association has established an association-administered certification program. Products marketed as American Grassfed Certified must meet the following requirements: A) animals were fed a lifetime diet of 100% forage; B) the animals were raised on pasture, not in confinement; C) the animals were never treated with hormones or antibiotics.