Tender sprouted in many ways
GRAIN fed, grass fed, T-bone or rump?
This question runs through the minds of all most everyone who walks into a butcher shop looking for that one fantastic cut of meat.
When you walk through the doors of Bundaberg’s newest butcher, Tender Sprouted Meats, the answer is delivered from a farm half an hour’s drive away.
Tender Sprouted Meats is owned by South Kolan cattle farmer Rob Cook and after drawing from knowledge gained in the prestigious Nuffield scholarship he has concocted a near perfect recipe for that perfect steak.
The cattle grown exclusively for Tender Sprouted Meats are fed a dietary supplement consisting of molasses, hay and barley sprouts with the results being spectacular.
“Samples of steak have been sent to the CSIRO of grass, grain, and sprout feed cattle,” Mr Cook said.
“We received immediate feedback that it was phenomenal and the nutritional value was up there. He said it was always believed that grass fed was best but the value in sprout fed had shown to be ten times higher on average.
Mr Cook said it was not just the consumer who enjoyed the taste of the sprouts, but the cattle “absolutely love it”.
The barley sprouts are natured in a climate control shed run by a high tech computer for five days before being mixed into the supplementary ration and fed to the cows.
“We make sure they’re on this for no less than 100 days - Just so we can guarantee they’ve got that flavour into them,” he said.
“We know we’re going to get a tender product because they are spoon feed.”
Many producers proclaim the benefits of grain fed animals but the cattle which are fattened on Mr Cook’s sprouts reach a higher standard.
“We were originally feeding on grain and throw caution into the wind and started on sprouts,” he said.
“It slows our growth rate down and we don’t get the same marbling but it’s a healthier product.”
Because of the small nature of the property Tender Sprouted Meats know the specifics of each piece of meat from its date of birth to its last immunisation all the way from the farm to the fork.
Tender Sprouted Meats are open now on Watson St, Bundaberg.