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Organic Help for Ranchers

Organic Help for Ranchers

By Clifford Woods

In the industry of beef production, especially in the United States, organic ranches are the exceptions. While the majority of ranchers truck calves off to feed lots to be plumped up on grain that is supplemented with all types of nutritional enhancements, there is a new breed of ranchers. This new ranchers keep their young calves close to home, allowing them to spend the final months prior to slaughter grazing on the green grass of their own ranches.

One of the leaders of this “alternative” ranching movement is the Lasater family who own an organic ranch in Colorado. It is at their ranch where it is being proven that it is possible to nurture high quality beef that is organic using procedures that many of the researchers say are not only better for the environment, but also healthier for people who eat beef. However, sceptics don’t believe that these methods will be able to supply enough beef to consumers, while others credit ranchers like Lasater’s with showing the benefits of the movement for “grass-fed” or organic ranching.

Generations ago, all cattle being raised for beef were grass-fed; spending their complete lives grazing on organic ranch lands or prairies. These days, beef calves normally pass the last few months of life in huge feed-lots, where there is hardly any room to move away from fattening up on special feed as well as drugs to ward off disease. Producers in the mainstream of this industry say that these methods have guaranteed a stable, sensibly priced, stream of beef being trucked to grocery stores and into the refrigerators of consumers.

On the other hand, there are critics who say cheap beef has come at the expense of safe beef. These critics debate that modern methods have had dangerous outcomes, for instance, the spreading of food-borne illnesses that are caused by bacteria resistant to the huge amount of drugs that are given to cattle at feed-lots, and deadly “mad cow disease,” a neurological disease that is fatal, caused by consuming contaminated beef.

Scientists theorize that mad cow is spread by giving cattle food in feed lots that include bone meal and spinal cord or brain tissue from cows that are diseased (a practice that is banned in the United States and other industrial nations).

Organic Rancher's HelperOrganic help for ranchers is what the experts look to for when combating such issues.

To avoid such problems, present-day awareness and educated ranchers feed their cattle only pasture grass, hay, and legumes. Though a significant proportion of masses still believe inorganic beef production cannot be of much of a problem to them, the reality of this being totally opposite is true, however.

Microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses are considered to be problems by ranchers due to destruction to crops and animals, but actually there are beneficial microorganisms. Fungi and bacteria in the soil are important for decaying of organic matter and recycling old plant components. Moreover, some of these soil fungi and bacteria form relationships with the roots of plants, providing essential nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen.

Also, by fungi colonizing upper areas of plants, they provide organic help for ranchers and their crops, helping their crops to be more tolerant to drought, more resistance to insects, have more heat tolerance and also more resistance to plant diseases. All of this without having to spray these crops with any harsh chemical products.

Most beneficial is the tolerance to drought and heat. Many areas of the country are in the middle of the worst drought and record heat not seen in decades with experts saying it is part of global warming and is not going to get better any sooner.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

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The Rancher’s Life

The Rancher’s Life

By Clifford Woods

A Rancher is a person that runs a ranch full of domestic animals like cows, sheep and chickens. Sometimes a ranch is also used for breeding rare domestic animals like ostriches and elk as well. The person who owns the ranch is responsible for running the day-to-day affairs of a ranch and has to look out for the animals all day long.Ranching is quite a tough business that even though is rewarding is a very physical kind of job.

A rancher has to overcome quite a few challenges and difficulties in raising the animals on the ranch. The following are some of the problems that a ranch owner faces in managing the livestock on his ranch.

Cows in the rancher's lifeDifficulties Faced By Ranch Owners: The list of difficulties associated in the rancher’s life is a very long one, some of which involve the breeding and keeping up the population of the animals on his ranch. The most obvious difficulty that a ranch owner faces is the physical labor that he has to put in while caring and feeding the animals on his ranch. Since a ranch is located on a very big piece of land, the biggest of all ranch troubles is to go around the ranch and provide the fodder for the all animals present there early in the morning, even before eating his own breakfast. Sometimes they have to start the feeding of the animals long before daybreak in order to complete the whole feeding routine in time.

Another of the big difficulties that are a part and parcel in the rancher’s life is to take care of the animals. Since the livestock raised by the ranch owner is his life and blood and his source of income too, he has to take care of the animals himself. He cannot rely on others to perform this duty, as diligently as he can and therefore, he has to dedicate much of his time in cleaning the animals and maintaining their enclosures so that they do not get ill or contract a disease. This is also a very demanding job that is both physically and mentally exhausting.

Besides the afore-mentioned difficulties, there are many other ranch troubles that a ranch owner has to go through in order to run a successful ranch business. Thus, the rancher’s life is not an easy one. He has to do a lot of his work with his own hands and has to remain active throughout the day in order to properly take care of the animals on his ranch along with the repairs and upkeep of all the buildings on his ranch.

The rancher’s life and it’s value to society:

A ranch owner is of great value for a society as he provides for the basic needs of the people living in the society. A rancher goes through all the ranch troubles in order to raise the animals whose meat and other products are then used by the people of the society.

It is the ranch owner that does all the work behind the scenes that result in the milk being available in stores and the meat present in butcher shops. If it weren’t for the rancher, people would have to raise cattle in their homes themselves in order to get their hands on to the basic necessities of life, like milk, eggs and meat.

Thus, there is no doubt in saying that the rancher’s life is fraught with difficulties. However, it is an important job that not only serves the society at large but also is a fun and healthy business, which is quite enjoyable as well.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about our Organic Rancher’s Helper

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products

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