So recently as you know there was an accusation against beef producers and meat producers in general by Ellen Degeneres who has "urged people to reduce their meat consumption" followed by the hashtag #EatLessMeat, #BeNeatEatLessMeat
She said things like:
"They are all in pain, they are all treated badly, they are all diseased and they are all pumped with antibiotics. These are just a few things that stood out to me.
I know, everyone deserves an opinion, but it is crucial that people know, that isn't true for most of the industry. Yes, I cannot speak for the industry as a whole because there are always negative things that happen in any situation.
AS FOR THE "THEY ARE ALL TREATED BADLY"
For instance, lets take the beef market right now, it is down, but guess what beef producers are still doing? Why haven't they just gotten rid of their cattle? Why are they putting more money into them, knowing they aren't getting that in return eventually?
I'll tell you WHY
Because they sincerely love their livestock
AS FOR "THEY ARE ALL PUMPED WITH ANTIBIOTICS and ALL DISEASED"
I can speak from personal experience, everything we give our cattle is to protect them from diseases,
We vaccinate for the Bovine Disease, TO PREVENT AND PROTECT OUR CATTLE from getting that.
We vaccinate for Pink EYE, TO PREVENT AND PROTECT OUR CATTLE.
We put fly tags and pour on to PREVENT AND PROTECT OUR CATTLE
As for when the cows are sick, or we notice something wrong, we DO give them antibiotics to help them feel better, for instance if a calf gets born on a cold wet rainy morning, and has phenomena we give him a shot to make him feel back to his perky self.
I have personally many times, sat with a calf, and dried it off with a heater in front of it trying to warm.
I have personally many times helped a momma cow in need and helped her calving.
LET ME ASK YOU
1. When you are sick? Don't you want an antibiotic?
2. When your dog or cat or whatever you may have if you do.. gets sick? Do you take that animal to the vet?"
It is the same as our livestock, when they get sick it is our duty to help them.
If you are worried about the antibiotics being in your meat DON"T, THE USDA inspects that, and makes sure the antibiotic is out of the system before being used for consumption.
So many people are trying so hard to take the agriculture industry down, but let me tell you..
THOSE OF US IN THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY ARE STRONG, and WE WILL STAND UP
These accusations are why we need to stand up and ADVOCATE AG.
I am proud to say I am an AG ADVOCATE, and I RAISE LIVESTOCK, and I EAT MEAT
Honestly it has took me since the story came out to process my thoughts in a well organized matter, because at first, I went to make a blog and was extremely angry. My rant was just a short one, but one of my purposes for this blog was to stay connected to things happening in the industry.
But this one is for you Ellen, I know you never probably will see this, but in every situation there are positive and negative things that go on in or behind the scenes! YES I SAID EVERY SITUATION!
People are so quick to talk negative about the Agriculture industry and it is time to put a stop to that.
Farmers, Ranchers, everyone in Agriculture, spend countless hours, on the farm, not only doing what they love but they do more than that. They have good days and bad days, its all on faith, you never know what the market could do at any time, but they do it because they love what they do!
Speaking from my personal experience with my livestock, I honestly consider them kids, family or friends. Yes, I know they are animals, but some things I do for them I'm not sure I would even do for my closest friends. Like going out on those cold mornings and cracking the creek, not feeling my hands or my feet, or getting up in the morning to feed everyday,
(man, if only you could see how excited all the livestock get when they hear the ranger start up or hear the buckets clicking together), or lets get really detailed and talk about pulling a calf, yes I love it but sometimes the cow may poop on you, in the process, but guess what IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO YOU WILL NOT CARE!
My point is, those of us in agriculture do not appreciate these misleading conceptions, and want to advocate to show those who don't know what a day in the farm is like, I honestly do not think that many could handle it, it's hardwork and dedication and most of all needs your support, this is our way of life, we will be the ones feeding you in 2050 and beyond, if you want to eat "vegan" go for it no judgement but we still grow vegetables, and grains, and many things you consume or use on a daily basis, so instead of bashing just be thankful.
Now while you continue to not eat meat, that's fine that your preference,
That just means more for me and my other fellow lovers.
Hey, it's me again Catlin. Just wanted to give you a little more detail about what my plan is for " A Growers Granddaughters" blog. My intention is to keep you up to date on my life adventures in agriculture such as research projects, a little gardening, and my grandads farm,Lively H, which inspired me to pursue a career in agriculture. This blog is not only for you to read but also see all the behind the scenes on the farm, and educate you more on agriculture topics. If you have any questions, please comment, or email me, If there is a topic in agriculture you are unsure about, shoot me and email.