5 Reasons Feedlots are Bad for Cattle

5 Reasons Feedlots are Bad for Cattle

How bad can feedlots be? After all, they supply us with a steady supply of beef. If all we care about is cheap meat, then feedlots are (supposedly) great. But for those who care about the quality of their food, and animal welfare, then feedlots are pretty bad. That's because animals on feedlots can suffer greatly in the stressful, dirty, unnatural conditions there.

Here is a list of five common problems for cattle on feedlots:

Digestive issues: Cattle on feedlots are fed a diet of grain and corn, which can cause their stomachs to become full of gas leading to bloat, resulting in compression of the lungs, making breathing difficult. The feed can also lead to acute acidosis, causing ulcers in the stomach.

Respiratory problems: Cattle are forced to inhale noxious chemicals like ammonia and methane that build up from the huge amounts of manure in the air, which can lead to chronic respiratory problems, making breathing painful.

Exposure to drugs: Cattle raised for food are regularly given drugs like antibiotics to make them grow faster and keep them alive in miserable conditions. Some of these drugs are also used to treat humans, but the exposure to low doses of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making it difficult to treat infections in humans.

Unnatural diet: The highly unnatural diet of grain and corn given to cattle on feedlots can lead to several health problems, including a compromised immune system, reduced nutrient absorption, and decreased resistance to disease.

Crowded living conditions: Cattle on feedlots are forced to live in cramped conditions with little access to fresh air, sunlight, or exercise. This can lead to stress, disease, and injury.

The solution to this is to avoid eating beef raised in this fashion.

Montana Ranch and Cattle raised their beef humanely, on pasture, where the cattle enjoy a grass-fed diet and space to roam. Montana Ranch and Cattle does not use any hormones, antibiotics, vaccines, and certainly no mRNA vaccines in their cattle. This ensures you get exactly what you order, which is wholesome, nutritious beef, packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor.

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