"In the central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Monday, October 12, 2015

We Grow Beef, Acres and Acres of Beef

I had to pass this along, because it is so very true. We have a vegetable garden, but the fenced part (to keep the dog and deer out) is smaller than the garage.

From The Cow Docs:
"We Grow Beef Because We Can't Grow Vegetables Here"

...Our climate dictates that only certain thing[s] do well here. For example, vegetables are a poor crop choice for most of the state. Yes, my wife’s garden looks phenomenal, but only because she uses a few thousand gallons of water on it each year. If we tried to raise water-intensive crops out here like that on a statewide scale, we’d make California look damp in no time.

...By putting cattle on land that is unsuitable for crops, we can use it to make a nutrient-dense food source. And, if we want the best of both worlds (which we always do in agriculture), we can graze cattle for most of their lives and feed them corn for the last few months so they reach slaughter size more efficiently (meaning, same size but using fewer resources).
For more explanation of cattle on grasslands, read the rest here.

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