I was lucky enough to grow up on a ranch in a simpler time. My Mom and Dad were very special people. They were always there for me. I lost them ... as well as most of my older family ... to cancer too soon in the course of a few short years. Because of their untimely disease, I worked in the field of nuclear medicine. During my years doing this work, I saw the suffering this merciless disease wreaked on patients.
I also saw my preteen daughter develop far too early. So much of the food we eat today is overly processed... treated with antibiotics and hormones.. etc. The meat we eat is finished in impersonal feed lots to increase the marbling... so the meat looks pretty and the cattle gain weight faster. This is done to increase financial returns, but ll of this has a deleterious effect on our long term health.
Looks are deceiving. This kind of marbling is not healthy. Through select breeding, we have cattle with the cholesterol composition similar to salmon... that tastes delicious. I have been raising them in a free range style — deciding to go back to our pioneer roots.
These cattle are treated like beloved pets. There is no rodeo at round up. They will follow us like trusting dogs. They are calm and affectionate. They even show off their babies to us. We make sure steers enjoy a peaceful existence. Our steers are the only cattle we process. The rest of the herd stays with us from birth to natural death. They are lifelong pets.
As Temple Grandin wisely said: “I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
This quote is what we strive to live by.