My husband could spend all day watching his momma cows graze on green Kansas Flint Hills grass while the calves run and play at their mothers’ feet. He has raised cattle most of his life and each year improving his end product.
Raising cattle is expensive, time-consuming work. They need fed twice a day, every day of the year. The cows deliver their calves in sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow and an ornery steer always knows how to find his way out of the pasture and onto the road.
But my husband loves his cows, he takes great pride in the beef he produces and he spends his waking hours calculating and researching how he can raise better cattle, higher quality beef and more efficient animals.
The cattle are not his pets, they are his business and he understands that happy, healthy animals means quality beef. My husband uses many growth methods that have recently come under fire, been the subject of media spin and become largely misunderstood by consumer.
We do use antibiotics to help our sick animals return to good health. The antibiotics are prescribed by a veterinarian and administered with careful record keeping. They are used only on those animals showing signs of illness. Most cattle can return to normal health with only one dose of an antibiotic. We believe allowing an animal to suffer or die from a treatable disease is inhumane and no way to treat any type of animal.
Some of our steers are implanted with hormones because they help our animals produce, on average, 3 percent more beef. In a market where cattle numbers remain tight and beef prices continue to rise, more beef on the market means lower prices for consumers. But before we made the decision to use implants, we did our research. The media and health advocates have thrown the impact of implanted steers on humans way out of proportion. Yes, implants do raise the hormone levels in beef but the amounts are negligible when compared to other regularly consumed items such as cabbage, peas, potatoes and almond milk. Use the follow link to learn more. http://beefmagazine.com/blog/visual-add-your-arsenal-about-hormones-beef
The feed in the bunks of our cattle facilities come directly from our farm and includes grains, forage (grasses) and protein sources such as distillers grain. Cattle can and do safely digest all parts of this ration. Feeding our animals grain allows them to add pounds at a more efficient rate than through grazing alone. Cattle, like most animals, become more susceptible to diseases as they age so younger cattle area healthier and create higher quality beef. It’s what the customer and other countries demand so it’s what we deliver.
And the final, often questioned practice . . . my husband’s general care and concern for our animals. He checks his animals daily. He recognized signs of stress and sickness and reacts on the spot – sometimes missing dinner or meetings to tend to sick animals – and he will devote hours and entire days to helping mothers deliver their calves. I often joke that my husband spends more time with his cattle than his family. Somedays it’s true but that is what is required when you raise healthy animals and high quality beef.
Everything we do for our cattle is safe for consumers alike, purposeful and in the animals’ best interest. My husband has devoted his life and his career to raising great cattle and delivering a quality product you’ll savor, share and come to love. There are no secrets, no scary practices and no hidden agendas. Just a man and his cattle.