About

I’m a feedlot doctor, cattle lover, future cow/calf producer, and a budding ag animal advocate. I enjoy cheap beer, cheaper whiskey, and premium cuts of beef.
Be sure to check back regularly as I discuss cattle, their health, issues with animal rights activists, low stress cattle handling, the advantages of drinking PBRs, and what’s wrong with country music these days.
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    1. AndrewEatsCows Post author

      Take your perverted comments and your regurgitated animal-rights rhetoric and kick rocks. If you’re not capable of intelligent discussion then you have no place here.

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      1. No More GMO!

        I eat meat, I’m not anti-meat but CAFO’s do concern me. The over use of antibiotics, corn fed beef, GMO feed, the centralized pollution, etc. Help me understand your side. Why should CAFO’s have a place in our food supply? What measures should be taken to prevent abuse by big corporations. Why shouldn’t we be supporting local family farms and boycotting these CAFO’s that supply meat to big corporations such as Conagra and Tyson?

      2. AndrewEatsCows Post author

        My main argument for CAFOs would be the population is expanding. The number of people on this planet is growing at an exponential rate, and we need to be able to provide affordable food. As far as abuse by big corporations go, it’s important to remember that the corporations own the cattle, but it’s still people who care for them. The company I work for right now feeds between 50,000 and 70,000hd, depending on the time of year. The owners and general manager actually have very little say in the care taking aspect. This falls on the workers and the foremen, and the animals care is their number one priority.

        As far as pollution goes, I saw a presentation by a founding member of greenpeace in 2006. He stated that feedlots leave the smallest environmental footprint. To produce the amount of beef a 10,000 head feedlot does, you would need to burn somewhere around 15,000 acres of rainforest. Another thing to remember is those cattle need corn and hay, and while that corn is growing, it’s cleaning the air.

        Antibiotic use is probably one of the most misrepresented areas in our industry. The major one we use has never been, and never will be available for human use. It does promote growth through the control of bacterial populations in the rumen. But the biggest benefit in my opinion is the prevention of liver abscesses and bloats. Liver abscesses are almost impossible to diagnose and treat in a live animal. And bloats can happen in a matter of minutes. A teaspoon of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Further information on antibiotic use can be found on my write up about antibiotics.

        One thing I’m proud about in our industry is that it is a lot more transparent than it was 10 or 15 years ago. I’m not saying we’re perfect yet, and this change isn’t going to happen over night, but it is quickly moving in the right direction. As the transparency evolves, I think the consumer will realize that agriculture and CAFOs are not plagued with abuse, like certain groups would have you believe. Every movie has a bad actor, and ours is no different, but with the move towards total transparency, there will soon be no place for those people. I personally abhor animal abuse, and in my 20 some years around cattle, I have yet to witness it.

        Finally, as long as you buy beef, you are supporting a family farmer, there are no corporations in the beef industry that are 100% vertically integrated. Feedlots buy all their cattle from family ranches across North America. And a lot of the big feedlots are family owned. The company I work for is currently expanding so there will be room for his children to come in and start farming. And as the company expands, we hire more people, and lots of these people are family members of current employees and managers. No matter how big the corporation is, there will always be families involved. And there are no studies that show any adverse health effects from consuming GMO crops, and thousands showing their safety, so that point is moot.

        Hopefully that helps a bit. Any more questions, or if I missed something, feel free to ask.

      3. AndrewEatsCows Post author

        My main argument for CAFOs would be the population is expanding. The number of people on this planet is growing at an exponential rate, and we need to be able to provide affordable food. As far as abuse by big corporations go, it’s important to remember that the corporations own the cattle, but it’s still people who care for them. The company I work for right now feeds between 50,000 and 70,000hd, depending on the time of year. The owners and general manager actually have very little say in the care taking aspect. This falls on the workers and the foremen, and the animals care is their number one priority.

        As far as pollution goes, I saw a presentation by a founding member of greenpeace in 2006. He stated that feedlots leave the smallest environmental footprint. To produce the amount of beef a 10,000 head feedlot does, you would need to burn somewhere around 15,000 acres of rainforest. Another thing to remember is those cattle need corn and hay, and while that corn is growing, it’s cleaning the air.

        Antibiotic use is probably one of the most misrepresented areas in our industry. The major one we use has never been, and never will be available for human use. It does promote growth through the control of bacterial populations in the rumen. But the biggest benefit in my opinion is the prevention of liver abscesses and bloats. Liver abscesses are almost impossible to diagnose and treat in a live animal. And bloats can happen in a matter of minutes. A teaspoon of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Further information on antibiotic use can be found on my write up about antibiotics.

        One thing I’m proud about in our industry is that it is a lot more transparent than it was 10 or 15 years ago. I’m not saying we’re perfect yet, and this change isn’t going to happen over night, but it is quickly moving in the right direction. As the transparency evolves, I think the consumer will realize that agriculture and CAFOs are not plagued with abuse, like certain groups would have you believe. Every movie has a bad actor, and ours is no different, but with the move towards total transparency, there will soon be no place for those people. I personally abhor animal abuse, and in my 20 some years around cattle, I have yet to witness it.

        Finally, as long as you buy beef, you are supporting a family farmer, there are no corporations in the beef industry that are 100% vertically integrated. Feedlots buy all their cattle from family ranches across North America. And a lot of the big feedlots are family owned. The company I work for is currently expanding so there will be room for his children to come in and start farming. And as the company expands, we hire more people, and lots of these people are family members of current employees and managers. No matter how big the corporation is, there will always be families involved. And there are no studies that show any adverse health effects from consuming GMO crops, and thousands showing their safety, so that point is moot.

        Hopefully that helps a bit. Any more questions, or if I missed something, feel free to ask.

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