Quality Food Begins With Quality Animal Care


If you have been following along with my posts, you’ll know we are in the middle of Spring Vaccinations. We are gathering each herd of cattle, administering vaccinations, and rotating each herd through pastures of fresh, green grass. I just watched another video depicting unacceptable treatment of calves, and I thought it would be a good time to explain how we handle animals on our place.

The animal treatment in that video is no depiction of acceptable animal management. Throughout the winter, I took you along for the events of Calving Season, and how I cared for newborn calves and their mothers through snow, severe cold, and later mud. Raising cattle is definitely an around the clock job and real producers have a passion for their job and care for their animals.

On our ranch, we practice management along the guidelines of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. The BQA outlines handling and management for cattle not only to produce quality, safe beef for consumers, but also to provide a healthy, lower stress lifespan for the livestock under our care.

Cattle Producers, like ourselves and other respectable producers throughout the nation, take pride in our livestock and do everything in our power to provide quality care for them. Here is a Producer Code of Cattle Care from BQA that we try to follow closely.

  • Provide necessary food, water and care to protect the health and well-being of animals.
  • Provide disease prevention practices to protect herd health, including access to veterinary care.
  • Provide facilities that allow safe, humane, and efficient movement and/or restraint of cattle.
  • Use appropriate methods to humanely euthanize terminally sick or injured livestock and dispose of them properly.
  • Provide personnel with training/experience to properly handle and care for cattle.
  • Make timely observations of cattle to ensure basic needs are being met.
  • Minimize stress when transporting cattle.
  • Keep updated on advancements and changes in the industry to make decisions based upon sound production practices and consideration for animal well-being.
  • Persons who willfully mistreat animals will not be tolerated.

View more explanation on these guidelines and more on the BQA program here. Many of the ideals outlined in this program are and have been common practice by livestock producers for many, many years. Any one on our operation (or any of those on which I have worked on from Wyoming ranches to Texas Feedyards) must adhere to this type of animal handling and any mistreatment at all is never acceptable.

Are you a livestock producer? If so, share a link where you tell about livestock care around your place.

Are you a concerned consumer? If so, ask me any questions about livestock care. If I am not qualified to answer your question, we’ll find someone who is.

Here are some links to other blog posts about quality livestock care.

Ray-Lin Dairy - Is going Vegan the answer to animal abuse?

Haley Farms - No Mercy for Animal Abuse

Crystal Young – Animal Abuse in Agriculture – Disturbing Animal Cruelty

Michele Payn-Knoper - The Tears I’ve Shed… Animal Abuse

Brian Corkill - Animal Abuse: Never Acceptable

Zweber Farms – Calf and Animal Care Is Our Number One

Brandi Buzzard – No Excuse

Janice Person – Hold People to a Higher Standard

Sam Wildman – We Care For Our Livestock

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About Ryan Goodman (971 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

2 Comments on Quality Food Begins With Quality Animal Care

  1. Our animals are put above us and our needs. They live a great life. I do not understand the few who abuse farm animals, but I think they need to go to prision for such acts. However, going vegan will not solve any problems as most of the world will not go vegan. Accountability by all those in AG is the answer…

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  2. I completely agree with this article. Many don’t seem to realize these animals are living beings and need to be treated as such.

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