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Eating beef provides essential nutrients to your body which only grass-fed beef can provide. It’s important to distinguish organic from inorganic beef. Organic beef is healthy and free of artificial feed. Making the choice of grass-fed beef compared to grain fed beef is worth the investment for your health in the long run.

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What it takes to be a rancher

What’s It Like Being a Cattle Rancher

Cattle (livestock) ranching requires hard and dedicated work. They’re really isn’t any day that can be considered typical and rarely are they the same. Cattle ranches are large and have different locations in sometimes what can be a 50-mile radius, so there is a lot of travel and movement each day.

 

A cattle rancher performs a huge range of chores each day, which includes but is not limited to cutting and placing hay for feeding, checking the herds for health issues, maintenance of pastures, making sure grazing limits are in place and attending calve auctions.

 

A cattle rancher will also operate different types of heavy machinery, making it a potentially dangerous job. A cattle rancher that is inexperienced, sleep deprived, or one who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol risks life-threatening, life-changing or even fatal accidents when improperly operating heavy machinery.

 

In fact, cattle ranching is rated as one of the most dangerous jobs in the US, with 24 fatalities out of every 100,000 workers occurring in 2012. It’s important therefore that ranchers are properly trained on equipment and have to go through the process of passing a urine drug test before employment.

 

Even the animals being handled can cause injury, as these are powerful animals. An example would be that the horse’s ranch hands ride are not trained properly and they get ridden pretty hard. This results in an unruly horse that is not following the commands they were trained to.

 

Livestock ranchers work year round and long hours and do not get a lot of vacation time. There isn’t a set education requirement to become a rancher, however, there is so much to learn that can really only be gained by hands-on experience.

 

But there are trade schools and even colleges that offer education up to a bachelor’s degree in ranching. Many of these schools will teach the business end of ranching which is a great advantage of having to go through the years of experience just simply working on a ranch.

On   Categories Ranch Life

Ethical Harvesting

Our world has been growing older and older with each passing day and the resources are going scarce because as humans we deplete mother earth of its treasures every single day. It’s no secret that our very nature is of greed and the lust for more. More power, more wealth, more of this, more of that…

 

Ethical harvesting, on the other hand, is a practice taken up by those who do not only understand that the natural resources need preserving and safeguarding against humans. Those who understand that our planet give us so much without ever demanding anything in return, and that very fact makes it an obligation to do something to protect nature.

 

So, coming back to the question at hand, “What is ethical harvesting?”. Simply put, it’s the practice that protects and safeguards the very soul of our existence. The harvesting of wild plants in their natural habitat like environment for later use is the basic idea behind ethical harvesting.

 

The process is slow and time-consuming. It requires a great deal of patience and learning, a lot like gardening but the difference between gardening and ethical harvesting is that ethical harvesting carries a strong message in the practice itself. Unlike gardening, ethical harvesting requires you to understand the balance of the crop.

 

Yes, you are to take from nature, but also to make sure that you return the favor and keep the life cycle. It doesn’t matter what you are picking from nature, you need to make sure that it keeps on growing there, not just for you but for everyone who has been benefitting from it before you ever came along.

 

The ethical practices require you to understand the very land you are harvesting, the species that dwell on that land and then their needs. You are to merge into the very ecosystem of the land not as an ignorant parasite but as an active member of the ecosystem. Your primary responsibility is to make sure that your harvest doesn’t disturb the eco-cycle of the land.

 

Ethical harvesting teaches you to be patient and take only what you need. It teaches you to fight from your greed and makes you responsible. This is exactly why it requires a great deal of patience and learning before you harvest. Ethical harvesting not only relates to crops but also ethical meat production.

 

You have to make sure that you’re not putting any endangered species of plant or insect and even more so if they are not endangered. Steps taken in the false direction is what lead other species to endangerment in the first place.

 

You have to leave enough in the field of wild plants that would allow them to bloom next year. You have to make sure that you are not wasting any of your harvests once you have taken it home. You have to make sure you have identified all the species and all the plants on the land before you harvest and then plan your harvest according to their cycles. In ethical harvesting, you are not the master but a mere servant of nature.

On   Categories Food,Organic Meat

What’s The Difference Between Grass Fed Beef and Grain Fed Beef?

If you are a beef eater you might be aware of the types available in the market mostly the one that comes in exclusive packaging that highlights the fact that it is grass fed beef.

 

What you feed the cows is what you get to eat and most often cattle feed on grass but for convenient growth, they are fed with grains, given steroids and antibiotics to survive in the unsanitary environment and then taken away for slaughtering which is what you buy at the supermarket.

 

The traditional way of raising a calf is that it is allowed to roam freely and feed on grass and shrubs they find within their environment while milk from the mother. The calf that grows up in such environment is more natural or organic. It is given its own time to grow and everything in the environment is rather natural.

 

Although this is quite rare now, the more that people are becoming aware of unethical ways cows are being treated, the more they either opt for grass fed beef or shunning meat eating altogether and becoming vegan.

 

This is because the traditional way of raising the calf has been taken over by the more conventional way and that is why people who have seen the inner world of the unethical practice stay away from beef. The conventional process of beef production involves feeding cows grains with the mixture of soy or corn which provides quick fattening and unusual growth to cows.

 

The place where the animals are kept is far from what it can captivate, the cows are hoarded in a nasty, overcrowded barn-like place which doesn’t give them enough space to move around. Along with their inconvenient diet, to accelerate the process of growth, they’re injected with steroids.

 

The beef that comes from grain fed cow is more bulked up and seems tangy but is not nearly healthy for consumption. What you feed the cow is what you eat from later. Steroids and grains make the beef lose its correct tenderness, and all the healthy omega fats and antioxidants providing nutrients are not given to the cow. In turn, we don’t get these nutrients when consuming the beef.

 

The traditional method of pastured diet given to the cows is gone so rare that the few who provide the authentic grass-fed beef have made it quite a luxury. That is the reason why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plentiful in the market at a variable but affordable prices.

 

But the organic grass-fed meat is more expensive and people tend to think it’s a luxury item. Our hope is that you now understand you’re paying more for a grass fed piece of beef for its health benefits over grain fed, not because it’s trendy or cool.

 

Pure grass fed beef is healthier as it contains the omega 3 and 6, antioxidant properties, vitamin A and E, zinc, iron, sodium, phosphorus, potassium. When we cook this beef and consume it, it’s providing you with all the necessary nutrients. What goes into the cow when it’s raised goes into your body when you eat it. Remember that important fact before just buying any beef.

On   Categories Food,Organic Meat

Pros & Cons of Eating Beef

Pros of Eating Beef

        

Beef is one of the meats that human beings have consumed since the prehistoric times. It can be cooked in many different ways and served in popular forms like beef steak, hamburger, and so much more. The good thing about beef is that it’s not only a delicious meal but it’s also a healthy and nutrient-dense source of food. Listed below are some of the nutrients beef has to offer:

 

Protein

 

Beef is a great source of protein. It is known as a complete protein, one that contains all 8 essential amino acids that are needed for the development of muscle and maintenance of our body. Proteins are also used by our body to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. It’s an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

 

Beef fat

 

Beef contains fat, also called beef tallow. It increases the calorie content of meat while it adds flavor to it. The amount of fat depends on different factors such as the cattle’s age, breed, and feeds. A Grain-fed cow contains a higher level of fat, that means more calories that can lead to weight gain. A grass-fed cattle, on the other hand, is lower in total fat. Although it has a lower amount of fat, it has a high-level of omega-3 fatty acids, or the good fat, which can reduce the risks of heart disease.

 

Vitamins and Minerals

 

Beef is also reached of Iron, Niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Zinc.

 

Cons of Eating Beef

 

There are so many health benefits that beef provides. However, overconsumption will also lead to a list of serious health issues like:

 

Diabetes

 

Regular and overconsumption of beef may increase your likelihood to develop type 2 diabetes, according to Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer

 

 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), beef is probably carcinogenic because they are linked to the increased risk of pancreatic and prostate cancers.

 

Body Fat Increase

 

Because some sources of beef have a high level of fat, regular consumption of it can lead to visceral and regular body fat. This is good on the rare occasions for people who want to increase their weight, but for most people gaining extra body fat is not good for you.

 

Kidney Problems

 

The work of the kidney is to filter the waste products when our bodies digest protein. Consuming too much protein can damage our kidneys.

 

 Good Detoxifiers Just For You

 

While we’re big beef eaters, however, we don’t condone eating beef all the time. mix it up with poultry and vegetables for a healthy diet. with other foods. It’s always a must to detoxify at least once a week to cleanse yourself from toxins that can lead to serious diseases. So here’s a list of detox juices to help you detoxify.

 

We recommend the following detoxifiers to do so every month or two. I do one of the below cleansers twice a month with other foods.  If you don’t like to do these detoxifiers, then make sure you do them at least 4 times a year to cleanse yourself from toxins that can lead to serious diseases. So here’s a list of simple detox juices to help you detoxify.

 

  1. BluePrint Cleanse

 

These are organic juices that are bottled using a high pressure and with a no heat procedure so the freshness of the juice will extend up to 13 days when chilled.

 

  1. Cooler Cleanse

 

These are juices that are bottled using a hydraulic press. It’s a machine that squeezes the entire fruit/vegetable into a pulp.

 

  1. Life Juice Cleanse

 

These are juices that are frozen to preserve the nutrients and antioxidants of the fruit/vegetable.

On   Categories Food,Health

What’s Good About Grass-Fed Beef?

The traditional way of feeding beef cattle with grass has now become rare, for quick growth and bulky meat, cows are now commonly fed on a grain diet. What we feed cows with is what we eat later on in the form of beef.

 

The market demands beef that is succulent and meaty and to abide by the demand the modern pastures provide the cows with a diet that artificially amplitude their size. Cattle barns are too small and hold more animals then they are supposed to. When this happens the cows are prone to catch an infection and so as a precautionary measure, they are injected with antibiotics and steroids.

 

The cows are then taken for slaughtering and during transportation, the cows are treated carelessly which causes injury. All of this can make beef eaters want to turn to being vegetarian and so the rare but traditional grass-fed beef is better for the health. The grass fed cows are kept in a natural environment where they graze on fresh grass and wander more freely.

 

The natural pasture of fresh green grass makes the beef organic and full of essential nutrients like vitamin A, C and E, antioxidants and Omega 3. The beef from the natural pasture to your plate in form of steak or the juicy patty in your burger will be healthier, tender and tastier compared to the grain fed beef.

 

Grass fed beef has more health benefits and overall is more beneficial for the heart. This is because it has less harmful total fat and has more heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Organic beef is overall healthy while genetically modified beef harms the functions of your heart.

 

The grass fed beef has more ‘conjugated linoleic acid’ – the fat that reduces the risk of cancer and heart failure. The grass fed beef in the market does cost more than grain fed beef and the reason is worth the investment you do on your health.

 

The cost and beef production time cycle of the traditional pasture for a cow that is fit for slaughter in its own time is higher than the conventional pasture.

 

When buying your meat, it’s better to make the purchase at the farmers market rather than outlets that don’t provide assurance of organic beef with convenience. The cost and inconvenience it causes you to buy beef that is fully organic are totally worth the health benefits.

 

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What’s The Difference Between Grass Fed Beef and Grain Fed Beef?

If you are a beef eater you might be aware of the types available in the market mostly the one that comes in exclusive packaging that highlights the fact that it is grass fed beef.   What you feed the cows is what you get...

Ethical Harvesting

Our world has been growing older and older with each passing day and the resources are going scarce because as humans we deplete mother earth of its treasures every single day. It’s no secret that our very nature is of greed and the lust for...
What it takes to be a rancher

What’s It Like Being a Cattle Rancher

Cattle (livestock) ranching requires hard and dedicated work. They’re really isn’t any day that can be considered typical and rarely are they the same. Cattle ranches are large and have different locations in sometimes what can be a 50-mile radius, so there is a lot of...