Myth: Farmers and ranchers don’t want consumers to see what happens on farms, feedlots or a slaughter house.
The Facts: This couldn’t be further from the truth—farmers and ranchers are committed to transparency. From farm to fork, there are a wide variety of resources to learn more about how beef is raised and the people who raise it.
Farmers and ranchers consistently open their barn doors to allow interested consumers the opportunity to see first-hand how beef is raised. From school groups to community tours, the public is consistently invited into farms and ranches throughout the country. Many of these consumers even document and share their experiences with others.
On top of offering up tours and experiences, many farmers and ranchers also take the time to blog or make YouTube videos to help those people who aren’t able to make it out to a farm or ranch understand how beef is raised. Now you are able to get a firsthand account of what happens on the farm or ranch for the comfort of your own home. Check out the following accounts from farmers and ranchers, as well as consumers, which provide a firsthand look at how beef is raised.
- “Birth of a Calf” from Debbie Lyons-Blythe of Central Kansas, cow-calf rancher and Mom.
- “Farm Life Never Stops Even When You Have a Party Dress On” and video “Welcome to your new pasture cows!” by Crystal Cattle or Crystal Blin, an ag girl who also loves fashion.
- “The Teacher In Me” by Feedyard Foodie, Anne Burkholder, a cattle feedlot owner and mom from Nebraska
- “Cattle Feedlot: Behind the Scenes” by Nutrition Guru, Ryan Andrews from Precision Nutrition, documenting his experience at a Colorado feedlot.
- Firsthand experience “An inside look at beef processing” by Ellie Krieger, dietician and host of Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite,” documenting her visit to a beef processing plant
- “Humane Animal Handling in Beef Packing Plants” video, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, providing an honest look at how cattle are handled at a slaughterhouse.
Check out a recent blog post from Katie Pratt, corn and soybean farmer from Illinois, as she explores the “terms of transparency” and opens up the opportunity for consumers to ask questions of farmers and ranchers.
You can be confident in the care that beef producers provide to their animals, however, if you still have questions please explore the links and videos above to learn more about beef and meat production in the United States or seek out a nearby farmer and request a tour. You’ll find the barn doors are always open!