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What's All-Natural, Humane, Pasture-Raised?

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Left to themselves, cows are naturally pasture raised. But humans have a very interesting view of things – not just we who live in Missouri. Humans are unique among all other lifeforms with the …

Left to themselves, cows are naturally pasture raised. But humans have a very interesting view of things – not just we who live in Missouri. Humans are unique among all other lifeforms with the ability to think and consider and worry about the life-forms around them. While other animals can readily care for and respect humans, they don't seem to put the empathy behind it that we do.And while that isn't a negative attribute, there are humans among us who prey on others by exploiting this emotional context. "Humane" is actually putting human attributes and attitudes into other species around us, regardless of whether they exist there or not. When people are repeating emotionally-charged phrases such as "inhumanely treated", along with "factory farms" and "puppy mills", in all cases they are stretching things a bit thin.


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  • 1. Whats All-Natural, Humane, Pasture-Raised?Left to themselves, cows are naturally pasture raised. But humans have a very interesting viewof things – not just we who live in Missouri. Humans are unique among all other lifeformswith the ability to think and consider and worry about the life-forms around them. Whileother animals can readily care for and respect humans, they dont seem to put the empathybehind it that we do.And while that isnt a negative attribute, there are humans among us who prey on others byexploiting this emotional context. "Humane" is actually putting human attributes andattitudes into other species around us, regardless of whether they exist there or not. Whenpeople are repeating emotionally-charged phrases such as "inhumanely treated", along with"factory farms" and "puppy mills", in all cases they are stretching things a bit thin.Humans do not know exactly and precisely what is being "felt" by any other species on thisplanet. And that is our particular problem, if you will. We can project that "if that (animal)were human, this is what theyd feel". And thats about it.Same argument goes for giving anesthetics to animals. Since we dont know their painthresholds and even what they actually consider as "pain", we simply dont know how much togive them or if it even works to the same degree a similar drug works on humans. (And thisdata I got from a vet at a University where they generally stay up on their studies...)For cows, you want them as gentle as possible all the time. Eating, drinking, resting. They gainweight faster, and stay generally healthier. So you move slow around them and give them the Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  • 2. distance they want (unless they want you to scratch their nose or between the shoulder-blades). As well, animals which are excited when killed have adrenaline in their muscle, whichgives an off-taste to their meat - according to humans, anyway.In general, you learn about how to handle cattle by watching, listening, and interacting withthem. If you do close observation from day to day and year to year, youll make the mentalnotes of how and when to do or do not do what.Some books and papers (particularly those by Temple Grandin - and see her TED talk)contain a great deal of accurate observations about cattle behavior. And these can all be testedby yourself to see if they work or not.Raising cattle is an interactive experience. And there is a lot to share which we dont havespace for on this page. The trick is that you take care of them as best you can, and keep themwell fed, healthy, and content as much of every day you are able.And this means enough shelter, water, and food - plus the occasional vet visit if somethinggoes wrong.The rewards are numerous and plentiful.If you dont eat meat, you may think I make pets out of these - and to a degree, I do. But I alsoknow that they were put here to do a certain job, just as I am. So I dont have remorse when Isend one off for processing. As humane as I treat my livestock, they still arent human. I justdont get into that mindset. Its not one that a farmer would adopt. (Theyve "proved" thatplants "feel pain" and can even predict your actions telepathically - but does that mean allgrain and fruit harvesting is bad?)Enough said.If anyone wants to see how their cattle are raised, theyve got an open invitation to come onout - just call ahead so we can adjust our workload to meet you. (Unattended tours are notpermitted by our insurance.)Humane is as humane does, to paraphrase Forrest Gump. ---- For more data on raising pasture fed beef, as well as other information on prime beef as health food – visit http://worstellfarms.com Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  • 3. About Worstell FarmsOur family goes back on both sides withfarmers. As far as we can trace.And that tradition came to Mexico,Missouri around 1960 to purchase thecurrent farming operation.Jim and Laura Worstell established aworking farm there and then, and raised abig family of 8 kids, along with severaldogs, cats, and an occasional pet squirrelor raccoon. And dont forget the llamasand peacocks...In 2000, Robert Worstell returned to thefarm to take over operations management(as well as the day-to-day chores) andshares these duties with his mother and sister (well, not the chores, so much.)On approximately 250 acres of land, which is mixed hillsides, bottom, and woods, we raise acombination of annual row-crops and also our beef. Typical of this area, we have marginalland which is better suited to cattle than cultivation (which is typical of most cattle-farming).Weve found that where we run our cattle actually improves the soil and its health - as long aswe pay attention and actually manage how long and when they graze where. As we continue tostudy and learn about and from our cattle, our daily lessons help us to improve the quality andquantity of beef we raise.We practice managed grazing and are transitioning over to ultra-high-density stocking, as this is even better for the land and actually requires more cattle peracre to keep up with the lush growth and pasture renovation.All our beef is from local stock. Mostly black Angus cross-bred cows, with our current BeltedGalloway bull named "Gene Autry" is servicing these well.Ordering Our BeefWe only take local orders, so contact us via the website or call directly. Due to Federal laws,we cannot sell our beef out of Missouri – youll have to buy it here. Generally, our beef isspoken for well before its ready for processing. However, contact us for what we have comingup and we can give you an estimate on when the next one is coming available. We are also offering La Cense beef, which is USDA inspected and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Please see http://worstellfarms.com for details. Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  • 4. Related Articles from the Worstell Farms Web Site: • Worstell Farms – Finest Missouri Grass Fed Beef • Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef • Whats All-Natural, Humane, Pasture-Raised? • How does a Beef Ranch Stay in Business? • Why our Missouri prime beef is striped... • Missouri Beef: Heathy is as Healthy Eats • What are "CLAs" and "Omega 3 and 6s"?!? • How Missouri Beef is Your Best Health Food • Missouri Grass Fed Meat For You to Buy • The Surprising Taste of Grass Fed Meat • Dry Aged Vs. Wet Aged • What are the beef cuts?About the Author:Dr. Robert Worstell retired from a corporate career in graphic design to the much calmer andhealthier American Midwest, to inherit running the family farm. His constant work andresearch has been to improve the sustainability of this Missouri “beef ranch”. The results showthat grass fed beef, locally and directly marketed is the route to profitability, not followingcommodity trends.Dr. Worstells training in web design has helped him move the operation more online, as wellas giving him new networking opportunities to promote Worstell Farms beef products. He isalso a prolific author and has recently completed research into the all-time best self helpbooks, with his “Freedom Is – (period).” Out of the 7 books published this year, hes alsoproduced a fiction work, “The Dreamer Dreamed” - itself a breakthrough use of fiction toexplore the metaphysical aspect of dream meaning. All of these are available athttp://midwestjournalpress.comDr. Worstell may be contacted through his several blogs and websites for interviews andappearances. Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information

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