on eating meat…
PRO’S: The benefits of eating red meat are well known and linked to properties like Omega 3 fatty acids for brain health, iron for energy, zinc to support our immune system, protein to increase muscle mass and bone density. Red meat also contains essential vitamins which include a range of vitamin B’s, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Texas Longhorn cattle produce meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol.
CON’S: Everything in moderation, right? Many have studied the consequences of eating red meat and what it does to our overall health. Results are not conclusive but suggest an association with cancer, and to a lesser degree, congestive heart disease and diabetes. The studies tend to highlight the specific risks related to eating processed meat and meat cooked at high temperatures. Hormones, antibiotics and nitrates are harmful additives inferring that organic and grass fed beef is a healthier option.
on raising beef…
1. A number of organizations concentrate their efforts on eradicating inhumane practices connected with raising beef. They scrutinize the process from farmers growing their herds to slaughtering animals with reduced stress.
When meat is mass produced as a commodity, the animal’s life can assume a secondary interest to the profits its body will yield and below grade products, like pink slime and hormone inhibited meat find a place on our supermarket shelves. In 1975, Peter Singer advocated for animals in his book Animal Liberation. He coined the word “speciesism” to draw attention to a need for ethical treatment of all other non human animals.
Singer’s philosophies have received severe criticism from many for his extremist point of view. However, there is no doubt that he has, together with many others, stimulated a trend of consideration for the animals that we eat.
2. None-the-less, grass fed cattle farmers have their haters too. Some maintain that cattle farming imposes environmental hazards specifically through the increase of greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. A number of studies have refuted these claims but some still believe that our health and that of the environment will be better off if we abstain from eating meat all together. After all, the beneficial and nutritional qualities of meat can be ascertained from other food sources. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the reality is twofold.
- Firstly, many communities don’t have the liberty of choosing what they eat as a matter of survival.
- Secondly, land often used to graze cattle is simply not suitable to sustain other agriculture.
As for greenhouse gas emissions, there is no doubting that manure sludge is not good but a number of farm management practices these days are actually improving soil conditions. And, I keep reflecting on the fact that North America alone was inhabited by up to 60 million bison before settlers arrived.
on eating the beef I raise!
AS A RANCHER :- I ask myself the questions –
- what makes a cow happy?
- what is the purpose of a cow?
My cows are happy when they have grass to eat, especially out in a field. They are very happy when a bull is with them BUT they are the happiest still with a baby by their side. The reality is, that in order to maintain this cycle, herd numbers have to be managed. It makes sense then to consider additional animals as surplus for food and sale in order to manage the foundation herd.
AS A RANCHER WITH A ‘DISPLACED’ ATTITUDE.
Personally, I like to eat meat. I also feel that it is beneficial to know where your meat comes from so as to support ethical practices and healthier products. More people are attracted to the idea of subsistence farming, and even in urban or semi urban neighborhoods joining the ranks of homesteading.
I CAN’T DO IT!!
I just cannot eat my babies. It would be so easy as I am a farmer and I know my cows have a happy life. Perhaps it is because they are longhorns and I can differentiate each one of them from the other. They all look different to each other and they act differently too. Perhaps its because they follow me and seem to trust me, especially with the food truck.
I admire religions that respect animals, like Hinduism whose doctrines deem the cow sacred. I know there are people out there who feel like me. I also know that longhorns are good eating. Their meat is lower in saturated fats and naturally lower in cholesterol to other beef breeds.
Never in a million years did I expect to feel the way I do. Whether you are a rancher, a mindful consumer, a vegetarian or a vegan you will most likely have your own unique belief on the issue of eating and raising beef. so, what do you think?
This BLOG is a reflection of my personal paradox. My impact on the life of the longhorn cattle that we raise. It is also a reflection on the cycle of life and death and our purpose in that role, sparked by the sudden death of a friend who was crystal clear of her purpose in this life and even after she was gone. This Blog is dedicated with love to Connie D’Antonio, who ate meat, was an excellent host and chef and who fed the deer.
Disclaimer: All material noted above is based on our hands- on experience as farmers, our own research and our observations of our own cattle over the years. We have done and continue to do extensive research in order to maintain our herd‘s optimum health. However, all opinions and statements made on our website are meant as guidelines only. We are not qualified veterinarians or in this instance, qualified historians, and urge you to consult a specialist with your concerns.Content of this blog belongs to GVR Longhorns LLC and may not be copied in any form. ©GVRlonghorns.com All rights reserved.Please contact us at Cathy@GVRlonghorns.com with any concerns, corrections or comments with regard to our blog.