Cattle see very little grass nowadays in their lives. Producers start feeding them corn as soon as possible, which speeds up their lifespan and promotes weight gain. The problem is that cows are not designed to eat corn. The rumen is designed for grass. Unfortunately, in the feedlot, grass is nonexistent.
Feedlot cattle stand around in their manure all day long. When they go to sleep, that's what they lie down in. Animals naturally avoid their feces, because of diseases carrying parasites Feedlots only scrape them out between classes, which is every six months. By feeding cattle what they're not designed to eat and placing them in a stressful feedlot environment, they become more vulnerable to all the different diseases cows get. Of course being penned up with thousands of other cattle from thousands of different farms exposes them to all kinds of viruses.
Cattle suffer under these conditions. They are sickened from bloat, liver disease, feedlot polio and dust (manure) pneumonia just to name a few. So what do feedlots do to solve these problems? Antibiotics, antibiotics and more antibiotics. It comes as no surprise that health experts are concerned about antibiotic resistance.
|In contrast, our cattle are raised in a completely natural environment. They are born on our farm where they graze in lush green pasture, with clean air and water. At Baucom's Best our cattle are rotational grazed. This allows the cattle to receive the best grass available which in turn creates the best tasting beef for you/ This practice is also a natural way to ward off parasite infection and eliminate the need for pesticides.
Our cattle are very rarely sick, because they are not exposed to or are intermingled with other herds. Subsequently, antibiotics are rarely needed. If by chance an animal requires medication, it will be treated, but it will never be sold to our customers. Our cattle are treated humanely and are handled with as little stress as possible. In our opinion, healthy cattle are happy cattle. We know speculating about animal happiness is a slippery slope. However, common sense tells us that animals doing what they were created to do are happier animals.