I'm always surprised, yet not all that surprised, about the general public's negative perception towards cattle.
Even on a TV show, you’d think a farm sanctuary would know better than to treat their animals like they’re deaf, dumb, insensible creatures.
Does it really take more land to produce grass-finished beef versus grain-fed (feedlot)?
That's an experiment I was willing to take on that you'll read about more below. The results may surprise you.
"There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics." --Mark Twain.
A way of saying that you can lie and use statistics, and you can tell the truth and use statistics. With regards to this animal versus plant-base land-use argument, the use of statistics can be used to either tell the truth or exaggerate to only tell half a truth. My question is this: Is this land-use versus argument of some validity, or is it just a petty means to point fingers at something so as to avoid pointing fingers at ourselves?
Time to read more below to find out!
There are times when I regret finding innocent-looking pictures with misinformation attached to them. One of those times was when I found several pictures pinned to Pinterest boards of vegan animal extremists making everyone believe that nose flaps are yet another evil of the dairy industry.
I first heard of the documentary "Cowspiracy" by someone touting it on a discussion page as the "real truth" about the cattle industry. Though this was some time ago and well before I was able to see the film, out of skepticism from hearing such proclamations, I began to immerse myself in what this documentary was all about and why it was supposed to be one of the "best" films on animal agriculture out there.
A really interesting audio clip on a ranch research station utilizing the old Spanish Criollo cattle as a means to fight drought in an arid climate such as that in New Mexico came to my attention a few years ago. The Jornada Ranch introduced these cattle in efforts to improve rangeland and create an environment that would ideally resemble that of what the Spanish would've seen when they came over the Atlantic over 500 years ago. The advantage of using these cattle is that they are hardier and smaller than the "conventional" cattle raised in America being mostly Angus and Hereford commercial bred and cross-bred with mix of other breeds. They're also the foundation stock for the development of the well-known American breeds Texas Longhorn, Corriente, Florida Cracker and others.
The reasons I was attracted to the page with the audio clip though, was more than just that.
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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