Most meat in your local supermarket comes from facilities called “Confined/Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
” or CAFOs. The purpose of a CAFO is to produce large quantities of inexpensive meat. While the meat is available year-around at a low price, we are starting to recognize many of the consequences
directly linked to factory farming, such as:
- Stressful and abusive environments for animals
- Detrimental environmental effects and pollution
- Decreased nutritional value in the beef
- Local family farm decline
- Unethical farm labor and work conditions
- Hormone, antibiotic, and other unnecessary drug use on livestock
While in the CAFOs
, cows are typically fed a diet of grain, soy, and corn. This is an unnatural food source for cows who are supposed to eat fibrous grass and plants. Switching to high starch, low-fiber diets commonly causes disorders, including a condition called “subacute acidosis
” where cows develop diarrhea, stop eating their feed, kick at their bellies, and eat dirt.
As with everything, there are some upstanding and honest feedlots and there are others that abuse and mistreat their cattle. There are extreme examples where cows have been fed “byproduct feedstuffs
” and repeatedly shocked with electricity.
In contrast, our cows spend their entire lives in wide open pastures. They eat organic grass—the food that they were naturally intended to eat, in the environment where they are naturally found. Because of their low-stress lifestyle, our cows are rarely sick, and grow at a natural rate. The result is the most nutritious, best tasting beef for you and your family.