I am a family rancher that raises calves with their mothers on grass. where they move freely. Due to the drought, there is declining grass forage, and the cattle are now also eating almond hulls. They are healthy animals that are appropriately managed to prevent and treat disease and other ailments.
The role of cattle is so much more than providing an outstanding protein, monounsaturated oil, and numerous other nutrients for a healthy diet. Look over the extensive list of food processing by-products at Wow that Cow and see how many we use every that and for which there are no, or highly costly substitutes. Cattle converst undigestible cellulose that grows in non-arable areas and that is food and beverage processing by-product, saving these materials from the landfills and converting them into food. Think about more open space and forestland fires that would result from the loss of grass and shrub management provided by livestock that, by the way also produce food. The alternative, mechanized management requires drivers, pension plans, fuel and produces, by the way exhaust. What’s our image of free-roaming cattle in India?
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