Local ranchers react to magazine article claiming beef is bad
HETTINGER, ND – A recent article in “Prevention Magazine” claims that beef is bad for our health and cattle are bad for the environment. Local breeders say nothing could be further from the truth.
Jacki Christman’s favorite part of her day is a few minutes just before sunset, spent watching over her daughters.
“They’re the reason I can stay home,” said Christman, who owns a ranch with her husband near Hettinger. “I take care of the cattle and they take care of me.”
She takes care of them making sure they are fed and moved to new pastures. Its connection to this land and these cattle made it hard to swallow a recent national magazine article stating that beef is bad for your health and cattle bad for the environment.
“We take care of them as much as possible. We would like people to know better why we do things the way we do. I would encourage them to ask questions,” Christman said.
It’s the topic of conversation when Christman meets with other producers in the area. Bruce Hagen has been raising cattle near Reeder since the 1970s.
“We really try our best to make a good product,” Hagen said. “It’s our livelihood. We put everything we can into it. »
Bucyrus breeder Ross Engraf agrees and encourages those with questions to seek answers from breeders.
“Don’t just tear them up, ask a few questions to figure it out,” Engraf said. “I would suggest people hang out in the country and get to know people who actually do this work.”
Those like Jacki Christman, who work from sunrise to sunset and tend to their cattle and grasslands sometimes longer, want their side of the beef story told.
All three added that beef is an affordable source of protein. They say it would be very expensive to feed the world with vegetable protein.
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