Is your beef from cattle fed only natural grasses that are free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides or is it from cattle fed grains produced on chemical laced farms, resulting in, among other problems, E. coli bacteria in the intestines? At Wolf Creek Farm, we use a combination of natural manures, amendments, and over-seeded legumes such as clover to provide the necessary nitrogen, potassium, and phosphates to produce lush pastures for our animals' entire lives. In most operations even where grass feeding is promoted during the first six months of a calf's life, this grass is often planted in a monoculture like any other industrial crop and bombarded with chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. These chemicals are transported into the cattle as they graze the grass, so the cattle enter the feedlot with rumens that are already under stress. Once in the feedlot, these cattle are exposed to the additional stresses of crowding, disease, and force-fed antibiotics. Over 50% will carry loads of the deadly E. coli 0157:H7 bacterium in their intestines during the summer months in the feedlots.
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