feedlotWe are passionate about dogs  and our mission is to keep your deserving pup chew happy & safe. That’s why we offer the best in safe,  high-quality Brazilian, free range  bully sticks at low prices – because we want you and your dog to be satisfied. As with all of our natural chews and treats our bully sticks are all USDA certified and inspected.  Bully Sticks are a great way to give your pet something to chew on that they’ll love and is great for them too! All of our bully sticks promote healthy teeth, gums and a beautiful doggy smile.

We value our human & tail wagging customers and want to keep you informed about the beef cattle industry from around the globe. As well as, let you know of our unwavering commitment to offering you naturally free-range, grass fed 100% bully sticks that has not been placed in feedlots. No compromises! We are commitment to offering you and your dog the best healthy dog chews in the world. As a promise to you we will continue to have an open & honest relationship with our suppliers to ensure that you are receiving on the best in grass fed free range cattle. We will never lower our standard for selfish gain because we value our customers above all else. Thanks for all your support!

Gone Are the Days of Only Home on the Range: Argentina Ranchers Breaks With Roaming Cattle Tradition

Argentina a leader in the cattle industry and known for its high quality lean,  natural, grass fed beef. Cows grazing freely on the vast Pampas to eat till their hearts & stomach content have long been a part of Argentine tradition. But the times are changing as ranchers break with tradition and venture away from the range to feedlot pens to take advantage of the agriculture boom. Argentina once a leading exporter of beef and veal produced from cattle grazing, is now becoming a force to be reckon in the agricultural world with its vast farming of soybean, wheat & corn. Although great for farmers and the Argentina economy, sky rocking demand for cash crops has its downside. The agriculture boom is putting the quality of beef steaks at stake all for the sake of quantity & mass production. As more Argentina farmers follow in the footsteps of USA & Europe’s infamous feedlots,  also know as cattle fattening holding pens.GR2009091000147

In a recent article posted in The Washington Post , Argentina cattle are now being moved off the fertile grasslands of Pampa and into U.S style feedlots .The Pampa Region ranch land once home to Angus & Hereford cows are now being dedicated to agriculture and replaced with soybeans, corn & wheat. As the Argentine economy is now switching from cattle to crop. It appears that a growing number of Argentine cattle are spending a third of their lives on U.S style feedlots. The cattle are cramped in muddy corrals, and pumped full of antibiotics & protein rich fats to fatten them up quicker. Argentine ranchers are herding their cattle into feedlots to plump them up, increase efficiency and free up land for profit gain in this case profit “grain”.

With the recent Argentina agriculture boom the countries traditional pastureland, once meant for cattle, are now being replaced by cropland to grow cash crops such as soybeans. No longer is cattle considered the Argentinian cash cow amongst its native farmers. Soybeans, corn & wheat farms are now more prominent and considered more profitable than raising livestock. With less land delegated for cash crops as oppose to cattle grazing, in order to maintain beef production on less land, many farms are using corn, other feeds & feedlots for fattening during the last two or three months prior to slaughter. As stated in the Washington Post, “This year, a third of the 15 million animals expected to go to slaughter will fatten up in the now-ubiquitous feedlots, three times as many as in 2001. General manager of the Argentine Feedlot Chamber, Rodrigo Troncoso expects that more then 60% of Argentina’s cattle will pass through feedlots in fives years.”

The Great Debate: Feedlot vs Grass fed

cowsAs the saying goes “Knowledge is power”. Before one can chime in on the great feedlot verse grass fed debate its important to know the difference between the two. Livestock placed in feedlots are often confined in overpopulated crapped holding pens where cattle are grain fed and fattened before being slaughtered. Sadly, feedlot cattle are feed an unnatural diet of of grains and inhumanely unable to roam and graze grasslands freely as nature intended. Because of cramped feedlot pen corridors cows are often sick and run high risk of transmitting diseases, and as a preventive measure many are more likely given routine antibiotics. Not to mention cows raised in this way are often given growth hormones shots so that they can reach slaughter weight faster and farmers can increase beef production in a short span of time. Because grain-fed cows grow faster, after spending only 6 months in a feedlot are  sent to slaughter houses. Not only are feedlot accommodations inhumane for the cattle their is much environmental & health concerns to consider. Larger concentration of wastes,  inefficiency of feeding grain to cattle & the use of hormones and antibiotics for feedlot cattle is not much to be desired. Estimates of the number of pounds of grain required to produce a pound of beef range from 10 to 16 pounds.  With approximately 97% of the beef sold in the U.S. is grain-fed feedlot beef, while the other 3% is grass-fed consumers are opting for the healthier piece of grass fed steak.

According to an insightful article by Northwestern Health Science University on the negative impact of feedlots and positive impact of grass fed cattle the quality & health benefits of grass fed beef can’t be denied. Although feedlots increase meat, poultry, egg and dairy production often times profit trumps quality and safety putting consumers, such as yourself, at risk. Feedlots pose the following problems:

1. Lower Nutritional Value-Studies have shown that meat from animals raised in feedlots often contain more total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories. Products from grain-fed animals also contain less vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Unnatural Diets- In order to boost farm productivity and lower costs. Genetically modified grain and soy are the main components of these animals’ diets. To cut costs even more, animal feed may also contain by-products such as municipal garbage, stale pastry, chicken feathers and candy.

3. Stress on Animals- When cud chewing animals are fed low fiber grains as oppose to fiber rich grasses can take a toil on health & overall well being. Subacute acidosis is a very common condition that affects cattle. This condition causes cattle to kick at their bellies, stop eating feed and begin to eat dirt. These animals are often given chemical additives along with a constant, low-level dose of antibiotics to prevent reactions from becoming fatal. When the antibiotics are overused in the feedlots, bacteria become resistant to them. When humans consume cattle that were fed these antibiotics, they often become infected with the new, disease-resistant bacteria, which means there are fewer medications available to treat them.

4. Ground and water pollution-When animals are raised in confinement, they deposit large amounts of manure in small spaces. The right thing for the farmers to do is to collect and transport this manure far away from the area; however, this can be a very expensive task. More increasingly, farmers collect the manure and to cut costs, dump it as close to the feedlot as possible. As a result, the soil becomes over packed with nutrients, which can lead to ground and water pollution.

While grass-fed beef are unconfined and allowed to humanely roam & graze freely and given a natural diet of grass, hay &  forage as oppose to grains. Although grass fed beef are usually smaller in size & grow slower. Grass-fed farming or ranching involves raising livestock on open pasture – free to roam about. These animals are free of antibiotics, steroids, hormones, pesticides and other foreign substances. Research has shown that grass-fed animals may be safer than food from conventionally-raised animals. According to a study published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2002, grass-fed beef may offer these benefits:

1. Lower in Fat and Calories-Meat from grass-fed cattle, sheep and bison is lower in total fat. Lean meats may have as much as one-third the fat as a similar cut from a grain-fed animal. Consuming lean beef can also help lower LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) levels. Because it is lower in fat, grass-fed beef is also lower in calories. Even fatty cuts of grass-fed beef are lower in fat and calories than beef from grain-fed cattle.

2. More Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Grass-fed animals can contain as much as two-to-four times more essential omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed animals. One reason grass-fed animals are full of these good fats is because omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae.

3. More Vitamins-Studies have shown that grass-fed beef can have as much as four times more vitamin E than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef even contain twice as much vitamin E as grain-fed beef that are given vitamin E supplements!

4. Good Source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)- Grass-fed animals contain as much as three-to-five times more CLA, known to reduce risk of cancer, than grain-fed animals.

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