You know what you and cattle ranchers probably have in common? A love of animals!
This morning I watched a YouTube video about a ranch. As it ended, the next video that began automatically was one taken by protestors surrounding a semi-truck loaded with beef cattle. It made me think of how it's hard to discern the truth these days, with countless "credible" sources just a click away.
I'm a believer that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, so I don't need to tear down the opinions of others to share what I think. But these are some things I've learned... You won't find better stewards of this earth than its farmers & ranchers. Try to explain "cruelty-free" to a rancher who's helped a cow deliver a C-section baby & then nursed her back to health. Explain "animal rights" to a family who has bottle-fed newborn livestock in the middle of the night on their laundry room floor. Explain being a "friend to animals" to a farm kid raising a steer to show at the fair.
I love this short little video clip of Carson with one of our mamas on branding day last month. It paints a more accurate picture of raising beef cattle than most of what you'll see on the internet.
Don't be shamed into thinking you're harming the world & its animals by eating beef. Even making that statement sounds ridiculous, but in today's world where people try hard to make informed decisions, I think people need to hear it. My family cares wholeheartedly for our livestock, & tonight we will still eat steak - delicious steak- and be thankful for it.
The truth is hard to find these days; it's hidden under layers of opinion. When it comes to understanding farming or ranching, let firsthand experience show you the truth. Spend a little time working on a ranch, go on a farm tour, sit down with an old farmer or rancher and just listen while they talk. Farms & ranches are a valuable part of this world everyone should try a bit harder to understand. #rockingbarhranch #ranchlife #ranchliving #farmkids #familyfarm #redangus #beef #cattle #wabeeflove