- Are the cattle grass-fed and grass-finished?
Our Spring Crossing cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished. Never confined to a feedlot or fed grain, they graze freely on vast tracts of rangeland and improved pastures.
- Are the cattle treated with hormones and/or antibiotics?
The cattle may have been treated with hormones that are FDA approved as safe for people, animals and the environment. Cattle will only be treated with antibiotics if they become ill, because our industry’s animal welfare standards oblige us to treat sick animals. However, since the cattle are free range and raised in a tropical to temperate climate, the incidence of illness is less than 1%. If the cattle have been treated with antibiotics and/or hormones, they are withheld to ensure the medicinal compounds are at the minimum safe levels or no longer present in the meat. The Australian industry is committed to providing a safe product and has a number of measures in place to ensure this.
- Are the cattle treated humanely?
Australian cattle producers are committed to the humane treatment of livestock. Our mission is to ensure that the highest animal welfare standards are implemented and effectively verified. Livestock processing standards not only meet Australian requirements, they also meet and exceed international specifications. Australia’s standards are verified and enforced by commonwealth and state inspectors and commercial auditors on behalf of customers.
- How much room do the cattle have to live in?
Spring Crossing cattle roam on vast tracts of land and are never confined to a feedlot. 88% of the land used for beef production in Australia is non-arable, so it can’t be used for crops or other food production; therefore, it is best suited for animal grazing. The amount of space available to each cow will varydepending on availability and nutritional content of the grass. Some cattle might have 40 acres or more each.
- Are the cattle processed using Islamic halal practices?
Yes. Islamic Councils in Australia certify the product under Australia’s strict animal welfare requirements.
- What type of plastic is used for the packaging of the steaks and ground beef?
The film used is a conventionally-laminated web with a metallized polyester skin and a polyethylene non-barrier, easy-open sealant. This film, which complies with FDA requirements, maintains the freshness and quality of the product, allowing for a minimum of 21 days’ shelf life. We receive a letter of guarantee from the film supplier because, being a food contact film, we are required to have full traceability from the time of receipt to the shipment to our customers.
- Does the strong odor when I open a package of beef mean it is “bad”?
No. The odor is called “confinement” odor, which is associated with the natural aging process of meat that is stored under refrigeration. It is typical when a product that has been vacuum-packed for a period of time is first opened. If left to breathe before cooking, this odor usually dissipates.
- Is the environment harmed by transporting the meat such a long distance?
Spring Crossing Grass Fed Beef comes from Australian cattle ranchers committed to environmental sustainability. Transportation of meat by ship from Australian ranchers to the USA is very efficient, contributing less than 5% of greenhouse gas emissions, with little impact on water and land.