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Common Ranching Myths

As providers of responsibly raised and processed non-GMO meats, we here at Keller Crafted Meats are proud of our partnerships with ethical ranches around the country. But because we work with so many ranching outfits, we often here a variety of myths about the ranching industry. In today’s blog, we’ll break down some of these myths and separate fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Ranchers Don’t Care About The Environment

Ranchers rely heavily on the environment to ensure the success of their herds and their livelihoods. Ranchers are intimately aware of the resources they’re using, and how they’re using them when they raise cattle. Failing to care for the environment only leads to financial ruin for them, so ranchers are compelled to be fine stewards of their environment, utilizing new technologies alongside time-tested practices.

Myth #2: Most Ranches Are Owned By Corporations

This is one of the most prevalent myths we hear. It likely has its origins in large groups like Nestle, or other food packagers and processors. People might assume that these groups own the farms they source their foodstuffs from. The reality is, however, that the majority of farms and ranches in the United States are owned and operated by families. Many of these farms have been run by the same family for generations. Indeed, most farms and ranches in the US are fairly small.

Myth #3: Meat Products Are Packed Full Of Hormones

The FDA ensures that meat products are some of the most strictly regulated and inspected products in the country. Before a cow can be slaughtered, the hormones and medicines have to have been passed through their body. The result is that meat products are free of, or have very minor traces of hormones or other antibiotics. This is especially true of the products from Keller Crafted Meats. Because we work with ranchers who only raise non-GMO cattle, and use pastures raising techniques, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting high-quality, naturally raised meat.

Myth #4: Ranchers Abuse Their Animals

In the past, animals were often not treated humanely, but modern ranching practices emphasize raising their cattle ethically. Mistreating their animals only results in lower production yield, and animals that are more difficult to work with. It’s in the rancher’s best interest to provide their animals with comfortable and happy lives. The animals are healthier, resulting in higher quality meat products that can be sold for higher prices.

We hope that this blog has laid to rest some of these common myths. We’re doing our part to change the perception of ranching and meat by working with small, locally owned ranching operations that treat their animals with the honor and respect that they deserve. The result is that our non-GMO meats are some of the finest quality meat products available on the market today.

You can support these humane and ethical ranchers by purchasing your meat from Keller Crafted Meats. We carry a wide variety of meat products and even offer a subscription service. Order your meat from Keller today!