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.
Disqus is a conversation engine where millions of people can engage in conversations, discussions and even arguments (I think the Disqus team would like to make that into a more euphemism-phrase of "lively conversation" moreso than "argument"), and it’s through there that I got involved in some "lively conversations" on that very page with a vegan touting the anti-meat, cattle-grazing-is-destructive campaign.
I got from such conversations with this vegan that those who are vehemently opposed to anything and everything involved with animal agriculture and eating meat just don't have a clue what they're talking about. (Oh they know what they're opposing, but how they understand it and what they understand is something else all together.) Because if it's all about meat production, someone's gotta be screaming calamities about it. Case in point: Everything this woman started ranting on about was "factory farming." Factory farming! Not cattle grazing, Factory Farming. Raising poultry, pigs and dairy cows in confined, indoor areas for eggs, meat and milk in that order. As a farm girl and someone who has gotten experienced in dealing with these kind of people, nothing should surprise me, and admittedly it didn't surprise me, but it didn't fail to astonish me either.
Now I don't want to go into details about the whole discussions that I and some other like-minded friends had with this old gal, but I do want to make note of the fact that when a discussion about cows and grazing comes up, it does not equate to confined animal feeding operations that contain their animals in artificial environments and stores manure in liquid manure storage facilities. No doubt it's a person's prerogative to state their opinions, but they have no right to distort facts and bring up a topic that is irrelevant to what was first initiated.
Just because an article or audio clip mentions "cows" and "grazing" it should not automatically equate to a knee-jerk reaction of critiquing CAFO operations. Animal rights activists, we get it that you hate CAFOs, but might I suggest you stop reacting and become more proactive if you want to actually get involved in civilized conversations and not be shown you're a lot dumber than you think of yourself.
In the past few years, almost all vegans and animal rights have habitually started touting the Cowspiracy film like its gospel, every time something like a topic on cattle ranching or cattle grazing comes up. I have seen the film, twice. I have also written a scathing review on this film that you can read on Quora (which has made no vegan happy, I'm pleased to say), confirming the fact that the film well and truly is nothing more than a joke; A superficially "accurate" mockumentary/docucomedy that has zero basis in science, and its "factual" depictions and statistics are purely warped half-truths that are only there to prop up the vegan propaganda machine. In other words, and pun intended, it's truly a big steaming pile of bullshit. (And, to be honest, bullshit is FAR more useful than that waste of viewing time...)
Cowspiracy has tried to "prove" Allan Savory's methods as nothing more than bullshit, yet continually I see people who have criticized and dismiss Savory's restoration methods as "impractical solutions" to both restore the ecological integrity of grasslands and savannahs and preserve their vigour and fecundity with the use of livestock as tools to help manage the landscape, fundamentally fail to understand the core basis of what Savory has been trying to achieve and teach. I'm not going to waste my time mentioning any of the comments--they're all the same in the end--but the thing is, every single one of those kinds of comments coming from such faithful Cowspiracy gospel-spreaders, completely fail to understand how cattle grazing is much more beneficial to the environment than any kind of ecological "method" that a vegan could come up with to solve the issue of climate change and desertification. Not. A. One.
I'll say it again: No vegan on any social media comments (including Disqus, as much as I love the commenting platform) has ever offered any other better regenerative and restorative principles and practices other than using grazing herbivores (like cattle) as a means to improve rangeland health. All I've seen were the same rhetorical sentiments of "taking out the middle man" and replacing that "middle man" with crop production; even implying that ploughing under grasslands for more crop production was so much better and "more ecologically sound." That just turns my stomach and makes me physically sick.
I've yet to see a vegan openly admit that they've finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel and realized that all they've been told or have believed is wrong. Those folks are like unicorns they're that rare. But then again, when they do finally realize it, it's always in secret; and then they become, well, ex-vegans. God bless those people.
Once again folks, cattle grazing doesn't equate to CAFOs or feedlots. They're two distinct things. So please, don't come to a conversation about cattle grazing and jump in assuming that it's all about CAFO operations, because it doesn't make you look good. And I mean that to more than just the vegan crowd...
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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