Gone are the days when people knew where their meat came from. The practice of factory farming has disturbed me for a long time. When we moved to Northern California I was pleased when I found I was able to buy meat from the grower.
We were invited to a party at Coffee Pot Ranch last weekend and jumped at the chance to see how he raised his animals. The ewes were in the pasture, getting close to lambing.
In another pasture were the cattle. No feed lot for them, they will graze and feed on grass hay until the end. Much healthier for them and for us. (This beef is very lean!)
Week old chicks were in the brooder. They will be put out to pasture next month.
No factory farming of hogs, no gestation crates for the sows. All appeared happy and content though I do wish the rancher had pasture for them too. He says he is trying but he will need a new hog barn to give all of them access to dirt.
It's not pleasant to think about the source of our meat and I realize that most of us do not have access to nor can afford to buy meat from small producers. My solution has been to eat very little meat and know where it comes from.
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