Why free range and grass-fed?
Our grass-fed, free range cattle roam on open ranges throughout their entire lives. Receiving no growth hormones and living at a natural pace, cattle typically live a healthy 20-30 months in a stress-free environment which results in a great-tasting, tender product.
In comparison, conventional cattle may begin their lives on small farms but are eventually "finished" in massive factory feedlots where 50,000-100,000 cattle are rushed to slaughter in less than 15 months on a steady diet of antibiotics, hormones, and grains. Consider a tomato that appears bright red and shiny but tastes flavorless and waterlogged from hurried and inorganic growth; the same concept holds true for cattle.
What is a CAFO?
CAFO = Confined Animal Feedlot Operations
What are the problems with feedlots/CAFO?
Animals in feedlots live in unnatural, often unsanitary conditions, being fed an unnatural diet of grain, fattened with hormones, and given prophylactic antibiotics to manage the resulting illnesses. Pharmaceuticals are a crucial component to raising feedlot beef.
When feedlots are used, it increases the prevalence of E Coli 0157:H7, a lethal bacterial strain which can cause illness and death, and the prophylactic use of antibiotics to maintain animal health. The overuse of antibiotics in cattle and humans is causing microorganisms to be resistant to drugs previously deemed effective. Roughly one in 50 people carries a strain of staph resistant to common antibiotics, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Who is Temple Grandin?
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is now the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin is the foremost worldwide expert designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.