You'll notice that it is very common for ranching operations to have a history of several generations; that's because cattlemen have a deep respect for their operation and want to leave the land in the best condition possible so their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy it in the many years to come.
Currently on my family's Hereford farm the cows are out grazing the pasture. This practice actually creates environmental benefits such as:
- Limiting soil erosion by holding soil in place and curbing the impact of heavy rains.
- Protecting wildlife. Many native species depending on farms for their habitat
- Reducing the risk of wildfires by decreasing the amount of flammable material on grasslands
- Side Note: Living in Wisconsin we don't have to worry too much about wildfires, but it's still important to understand it's a big concern in other parts of the country.
Grazing cattle is an environmentally friendly practice. The ultimate benefits is that cattle are converting forages unsuitable for human consumption into a great tasting source of high-quality protein we need in a healthy diet. And as always consumers should feel confident that they can enjoy beef as part of a "green" and sustainable lifestyle.