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what bonehead decided it would be good to feed cows grain and other weird parts of animals?

some cost effective sucka that's who.

and seriously, i didn't think grass was that expensive to grow.

anyhoo - i'm really quite annoyed that i can't get organic meat at my local grocers. or the fact that it's so big and faceless now and has gone all 'big box' store on me.

i think i'm just angry.

maybe i should go live off the land... i'll just make arrangements for my internet access.

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No high speed internet out in the country.

You could just shoot your own. Venison is quite tasty.
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Depending on how many head of cattle you have and how much land, grass won't be sufficient because they will starve to death. Most cattle today is raised on a feed lot where there is entirely too many cattle for a certain area of ground. Feeding them grain will fatten them up earlier, make the cow healthier (theoretically), thus making turnover quicker and more profitable.

If you want organic meat, buy a cow, raise it and then do the processing.

Raising your own cow shouldn't cost more than $5000, assuming you buy a calf at auction for $500-$1000 and the processer only charges you $1000.

You might want to go to a local farming area and see if you can find out where they process their meat and go to the house and purchase a 1/4 side and it will last about 6-8 months in the freezer.
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grain isn't wierd - a cow can be fed grain and be called organic. I might be in the organic beef business in a few years if we can get the water situation (lack of) under control.

The thing that does concern me a little is the antibiotics and steeroids ( get it steeroids, I kill me) given to increase production. I seriously doubt there is a true health risk there and it's probabbly outweighed by being able to provide more people quality food.

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Probably in my lifetime I'll go vegetarian (with the exception being fish I catch myself).
If you're a zealot-wingnut-conspiracist, it's easy to see/believe the theory that all these animal diseases are just going to get worse and worse and worse. :|
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