Mykenzie Kutney - Minnesota State Sr Beef Ambassador
A very controversial topic today is whether or not beef farmers care about those around them. People wonder if they are really worried about the health and welfare of their animals, their customers, and their world. Many people today believe that farmers don't care, and as a result, there has been a decline in the support of the beef industry. This is tragic, because these people are missing out on the many benefits of enjoying beef because of the lies that that they are believing. The truth is, farmers do care about those around them, and they want to use their industry to help the world as a whole be a healthier, better, and safer place.
Farmers care about their animals. The average size of a beef operation in America is only about 40 head of cattle, and most cattle operations in America are family-owned. This means that in many instances the cattle owned by farmers are more like friends, or even family. However, I personally know several farmers from many different kinds and sizes of operations, and all of them deeply care about their animals. Farmers love their animals and want what is best for them. They do everything they can to help their animals enjoy a good, healthy life. It's their job to raise cattle, and in order to be successful, they need to do it right.
Farmers care about their customers. Every good businessman knows that in order to have a good business, you need to have pleased customers. Farmers constantly pay attention to the opinions and desires of their customers and do everything they can to follow them. From the conditioning on the animal to what the animal eats, farmers work hard to meet their customers' expectations. They are also careful to follow the guidelines set in place by the government about antibiotics, vaccinations, and other medications so that the meat is free of any residue. Farmers want to make sure their customers stay healthy and pleased.
Farmers care about the world. Farmers depend on the earth. Without it, there would be no way for any kind of agriculture to continue. Farmers love what they do and are very passionate about it. More than anything, they want to be able to provide for the world until their children and grandchildren are ready to take over. Farmers dream of being able to hand their industry through the generations, and this means taking good care of the earth so that it lasts for years to come. Beef farmers work hard every day to make their animals the most efficient they can be. This means breeding selectively to make the animals the most efficient they can be, and feeding well. Cattle can actually be considered a part of a recycling process! They can eat waste products, such as distiller's grains, and turn it into something of value. This is just one of many ways farmers have found to help improve the world.
Farmers intensely care about those around them and do everything in their power to keep their animals, their customers, and their world healthy, safe, and happy. They love what they do, and they want to share it with those around them.