Our cattle are happier and here’s why. There is a huge difference between conventional farming methods and the regenerative systems that Teton Waters Ranch uses on all of our partnered ranches. While both are widely used across the nation and world, our methods actually make the cattle happier. Let’s break it down.
Regenerative Farming Methods – These methods are used on all Teton Waters Ranch partnered ranches. They put the animals and the planet first by using systems like regenerative agriculture and holistic management to create healthy, natural conditions for both the cattle and the land. Regenerative agriculture is a farming system that works to reverse current global climate change trends by increasing biodiversity, improving surrounding watersheds, and enhancing ecosystem services. By using this system, our cattle are free to roam and graze on pastures their whole lives, mimicking the natural lifestyle of wild cattle, as they should. Regenerative farming methods and animal welfare standards, like holistic management, ensure that our cattle are treated humanely from birth, are 100% grass-fed and finished, are NEVER confined, and NEVER treated with any hormones or antibiotics, ever. All TWR partnered ranches are Certified Humane and meet the highest standards of animal welfare, our cattle truly are happier.
- Free to Roam – Our cattle are free to roam the pastures without ever being confined in feedlots. They are able to mimic the livelihood of wild cattle and live the way that nature intended.
- Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished – 100% grass-fed diets are the natural diets that cattle are meant to eat. They have been proven to not only be better for the animal’s health, but also create a nutrient heavy end product as well.
- Zero Antibiotics or Hormones – Rather than filling our animals with toxic chemicals – they are NEVER treated with antibiotics or hormones.
Conventional Farming Methods – These methods refer to farming systems that use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and lots of energy to help jumpstart crop growth, obtain higher yields, and increase resistance to disease. Due to high demands of the increasing human population, many ranches turn towards conventional methods because they are overall more cost-effective and can help reach harvesting goals faster. While food insecurity is vastly increasing across the country, so is pollution and degradation to natural environments. The equipment and chemicals used in these conventional systems lead to atmosphere and environment pollution, contributing to the detrimental issue of climate change. When it comes to cattle – conventional farming often goes hand-in-hand with feedlots.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) as “agricultural enterprises where animals are kept and raised in confined situations.” In this scenario, cattle are expected to eat, drink, breathe, go to the bathroom, and live the entirety of their lives in a small confined area, known as feedlots. Rather than allowing cattle to graze and seek food on pastures, grain-based meals are brought directly to them. Life on feedlots and grain-based diets can be extremely detrimental to cattle health for many reasons:
- Antibiotics and hormones – Cattle are routinely fed antibiotics and hormones designed to prevent diseases. Studies show that the wide use of antibiotics fuels the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which is a major public threat. This is also a threat to humans who consume the end product of these cattle.
- Grain-Based Diets – Conventional farming methods opt for grain-based diets because it is more cost effective and will help the cattle grow faster. These diets have been proven to complicate the cattle’s digestive tracts and are a far departure from the natural grass-fed diet of wild cattle.
- Zero Room to Roam – Cattle living in feedlots are given absolutely zero opportunity or freedom to get the exercise they need to maintain their good health. Instead, they are confined to a small area and uncomfortably crammed next to hundreds of other cattle. It’s not difficult to imagine how this impacts animal health and development.
Conventional farming methods were never an option for Teton Waters Ranch. We prioritize the livelihoods of our cattle and do what we can to give them the most natural and healthy living environments possible with our regenerative processes. Teton Waters Ranch is here to lead you and our cattle to greener pastures. We are working towards creating a #BetterFutureFromTheGrassUp by being better for the animals.