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is one of the leading states in forage based agriculture. Missouri has 12,600,000 acres of grassland, 11% of all US pasturelands. Missouri has 3,720,000 acres of hay lands, producing 6,657,000 tons of hay. The Conservation Reserve Program represents 2,000,000 acres of
With all of these significant statistics, why do Missouri cattlemen continue to allow their cattle to enter the feedlots? The answer is not as clear as you might think.
In 1930, Warren Monfort and a couple of associates capitalized on the availability of surplus grains by having the feed shipped to the cattle instead of shipping the cattle to the feed. They are credited with conceiving the idea of confined feeding of cattle.
The cattle industry was quick to adapt the idea of raising calves until weaning age, backgrounding on available forage such as wheat pastures or corn stubble, and moving into the feedlot for finishing on grains and byproduct feeds. The economics of this process work as long as grain production and waste byproducts are subsidized.
What does this mean to you, the consumer? It means you have already made a partial payment on the beef, pork, and poultry you purchase in the markets. And what do you get for your tax dollars and hard earned income? You receive undernourished and inadequately inspected meat and a host of added chemical residues and micotoxins.
Cattle are ruminant animals. Ruminants are grazing animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes. They perform impeccably on a proper diet of grasses and legumes. Livestock confined in a feedlot require additional pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and synthesized supplements to stay alive long enough to be fattened and slaughtered.
So why do Americans eat so much feedlot beef? Because corporate greed has given us so few choices. We now offer you a choice. American Pasturage, Inc. is a family run business producing, raising, and delivering to you the most healthful beef available.
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