Environmental Impact: Raising Pasture Fed Beef


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Perhaps no species except for mankind itself that has gotten a worse rap about adversely affecting the environment than raising pasture fed beef.The problem is not the cow, but the rancher. It's how you raise cattle that matters. This section is going to tell the tip of an iceberg of little known data - how livestock raised according to natural patterns will actually improve the land they live on, and better than the majority of farming out there.

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Environmental Impact: Raising Pasture Fed Beef

  1. 1. Environmental Impact: Raising Pasture FedBeefPerhaps no species except for mankinditself that has gotten a worse rap aboutadversely affecting the environment thanraising pasture fed beef.The problem is not the cow, but therancher. Its how you raise cattle thatmatters.This section is going to tell the tip of aniceberg of little known data - how livestockraised according to natural patterns willactually improve the land they live on,and better than the majority of farming out there.Ill have to discount a great deal of "conventional wisdom" which has grown up over the lastfew years. Most of this is urban legend, created by people with their own special reasons. Allthis data came to light as I studied to improve our own livestock care standards.I only care here to tell what I know as the truth - from someone who has decided to make theirliving from raising food for other people. There is no real conclusive evidence on one side orthe other - people will choose to believe as they will. But there is also no one-sided argumentwhich will stand on its own. We only know what works for us on our particular farm, as well asthe studies Ill refer to and link here.And again, if you find something useful, please tell your friends and family about what youfound here.How grass fed beef with mob grazing cut greenhouse gasesNow, this takes into account the paradigm that you believe (or tolerate) the idea that somegases can create a “greenhouse effect” and add or detract from global temperatures. Jury isstill out – and has been for some time. Another discussion, another time…But Time Magazine recently did an article covering how some “greenies” on the East Coastal Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  2. 2. have decided to get into raising beef in order to save the environment. Not just any of theseacademic megalopolis types, but real bona-fide environmentally-responsible authors whowalk their talk: None of this would be remarkable if it weren’t for the fact that [these] …are two of the most highly regarded organic-vegetable farmers in the country: Eliot Coleman wrote the bible of organic farming, The New Organic Grower, and Barbara Damrosch is the Washington Post’s gardening columnist. At a time when a growing number of environmental activists are calling for an end to eating meat, this veggie- centric power couple is beginning to raise it.Turns out that the studies these radical activists arequoting are actually missing part of the data.When you spend all that fuel raising corn or othergrains, and then all that fuel transporting this grain tofeedlots, then coop up animals in unhealthy conditionswhere their manure ferments and creates more gases –guess what? You’ve just made a ton of all sorts of thesegasses to get your beef.Now, grass fed beef, especially in mob grazing, takes adifferent approach. Perennial grass consumes thesegasses. Beef, when rotated in a managed grazingprogram (especially in high-density mob grazing)actually stimulate this growth by cropping, fertilizing,aerating, and cultivating that pasture so that it actuallygets healthier and lusher – making it grow more andconsume more of these “greenhouse gasses”. Thearticle covers this: “Much of the carbon footprint of beef comes from growing grain to feed the animals, which requires fossil-fuel-based fertilizers, pesticides, transportation,” says Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. “Grass-fed beef has a much lighter carbon footprint.” Indeed, although grass-fed cattle may produce more methane than conventional ones, their net emissions are lower because they help the soil sequester carbon.When you add that in with local processing (not trucked hundreds of miles), you then cut thenet gas level enormously.You also have to take into account that a lot of the quoted studies producing this data are very,very flawed. But I’ll go into that later.Some interesting quotes out of this article : By many standards, pastured beef is healthier. That’s certainly the case for the animals involved; grass feeding obviates the antibiotics that feedlots are forced to administer in order to prevent the acidosis that occurs when cows are fed grain. But it also appears to be true for people who eat cows. Compared with conventional beef, grass-fed is lower in saturated fat and higher in omega-3s, the heart-healthy Visit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  3. 3. fatty acids found in salmon.But the activist radical vegans will argue that if you don’t eat meat, it will save you eatingthose hormones and so the greenhouse gasses as well. Time rebuts this: To Allan Savory, the economies-of-scale mentality ignores the role that grass-fed herbivores can play in fighting climate change. A former wildlife conservationist in Zimbabwe, Savory once blamed overgrazing for desertification. “I was prepared to shoot every bloody rancher in the country,” he recalls. But through rotational grazing of large herds of ruminants, he found he could reverse land degradation, turning dead soil into thriving grassland. (See TIME’s special report on the environment.) Like him, Coleman now scoffs at the environmentalist vogue for vilifying meat eating. “The idea that giving up meat is the solution for the world’s ills is ridiculous,” he says at his Maine farm. “A vegetarian eating tofu made in a factory from soybeans grown in Brazil is responsible for a lot more CO2 than I am.” A lifetime raising vegetables year-round has taught him to value the elegance of natural systems. Once he and Damrosch have brought in their livestock, they’ll “be able to use the manure to feed the plants, and the plant waste to feed the animals,” he says. “And even though we can’t eat the grass, we’ll be turning it into something we can.”As I’ve said, there’s a lot more to bring to light in this area. As I can, Ill update this site withmore pages or links.For now, check out the Time article and decide for yourself. ---- For more data on raising pasture fed beef, as well as other information on prime beef as health food – visit http://worstellfarms.com isit http://worstellfarms.com for more information.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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