There are a range of myths and misconceptions that affect the way people perceive beef, especially grain-fed feedlot beef.
There are a range of prevalent views that concerned consumers often bring up when discussing beef. While we can only speak for ourselves and our own processes, we feel it necessary to clear up some of the common myths that can affect the way people view grain-fed and feedlot beef.Scroll Down
Diet and Nutrition
Isn't grain-fed beef unhealthy and full of harmful Omega 6 fatty acids?
There is a common belief that because grass is higher in Omega 3 and corn is higher in Omega 6 that this affects the health of both the animals and humans.
The truth is, the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 are broken down in the rumen (which is the first stomach of the animal) and as such do not form part of the essential nutrients for ruminants. This also means that by the time the animal is slaughtered, the amounts that are present in the end product are not very significant. While beef is a great source of protein and Omega 9 fats, fish and whole grains are generally a far better source of Omega 3 as opposed to both grain and grass-fed beef.
Beefcor feedlot cattle are fed a ration that is a blend of products including a variety of grain. They are not fed corn or grain alone. Our feed is scientifically formulated and supplemented to maximise its nutritional value of our beef.
What are routine antibiotics, what are therapeutic antibiotics and how do these affect me?
Many believe that the use of antibiotics in farming is restricted to the feedlot because feedlots are disease-infested places or to help the cattle put on more weight. At Beefcor we can confidently say that this is not the way our feedlot operates.
Vaccination programs are used to protect feedlot animals from calf diseases, which can be just as prevalent as in the fields. At Beefcor, we do not administer routine antibiotics. So, that means we do not use any antibiotics to increase weight gain nor do we administer antibiotics as a preventative measure.
Rather, our calves are checked daily and appropriate antibiotics are used to control diseases only when absolutely necessary.
Antibiotic use is strictly controlled and withdrawal times are complied with by means of electronic identity and computer aided systems. That means by the time the cattle are slaughtered, all antibiotics have been worked out of the animal's system and thus are prevented from entering the human food chain. Keep in mind animals spend on average 3 - 5 months at the feedlot and the half-life of antibiotics is typically much shorter than this.
Aren't feedlots cruel and harmful to the well-being of cattle?
There is a belief among many that feedlots are cruel as the animals are forced into tiny pens, are continuosly wading in their own waste and need to be fed hormones as they can't move around and build muscle. While any system can be abused at Beefcor this simply is not the case, our feedlot pens are continually cleaned and the valuable waste used in the production of crops or converted to biogas to produce electricity.
Cattle are herd animals and will be found in close proximity to each other even when kept in vast areas where they may be forced to walk great distances in search of food. Our feedlot pens are designed to allow full and free movement of animals and allow easy access to adequate amounts of scientifically balanced nutritious rations.
Growth hormones are naturally produced by the animal as well and would be found in meat even if no supplementation occurred. By supplementing, we shorten the time the animal spends at the feedlot while significantly lowering the cost of the meat to the consumer.
Should you want to see for yourself you are welcome to contact us and arrange for a tour of the facility.
At the end of the day...
...we want what is best for our animals and for our fellow countrymen.
We 100% agree people should research the food they eat hence why we launched this site. Protein deficiency is a significant factor in certain populations and is associated with compromised development in young people. Beefcor is dedicated to providing nutritious food for all people and we take the responsibility to produce safe, ethical and affordable beef for consumers very seriously. We value animal welfare concerns as the proper care of animals will ensure that optimal production efficiencies are achieved. Conversely, if we do not take care of cattle in a humane and ethical manner, our cost of production will increase resulting in beef not being affordable for the consumer.
We are dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals in their control and any constructive comments are welcomed and acted upon.