animal Welfare and the Environment

Cattle raised on grass are healthier and happier. Novy Ranch cattle are raised with humane and sustainable practices.

• Animals experience significantly less stress in a pasture environment and are able to socialize, rest, eat and raise their calves in a natural environment.

• Our cattle roam freely and are able to find shelter from the weather in natural settings among trees and lee areas.

• Novy Ranch cattle are provided straw bedding throughout the winter months .

• NO SMELLY CONFINEMENT IN FEEDLOTS.

• No history of BSE (Mad Cow) in grass-fed animals as they are never fed processed feeds that contain animal by-products. Novy Ranches never feeds antibiotics and growth hormones are never used.

A smaller carbon hoofprint on the planet...

Benefits of grass farming to the environment:

• More sustainable manure management, less groundwater contamination
• More diverse and healthy ecosystems vs. the filth and air pollution of crowded feedlots.

• Reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides associated with corn and grain production.

• Reduced soil erosion and contamination associated with feedlots and grain crops.

• Feeding grass to animals reduces greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration. Grasses in healthy pastures draw excess carbon dioxide from the air and return it to the soil as carbon.

• Land tracts set aside for grass farming provide wildlife habitat. Farmers who produce grass-fed beef are likely to be better educated about the environment and are better stewards of the land.

• Grass-based farms reduce the amount of fossil fuels/emissions needed to operate large-scale factory farms and large-scale monoculture plantings of grain crops.

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