The benefits of raising cattle. What a phrase that strikes up a lot of controversy from either end of the raising of, caring for livestock like cattle! You’ve got the extreme right end saying that nothing can compare with raising cattle, and the other end that argues that there are absolutely no benefits to raising cattle. Where I stand is somewhere in the middle, but I tend to lean more to the right than the left. But this article is not about arguments about whether there exists any benefits to raising cattle, but rather what are the benefits to raising these critters.
There are moral benefits, environmental, emotional, physical, economical and other benefits to raising cattle. Each has their own level of importance to every producer, some being more so than others. I didn’t list finances as being a benefit because it seems for many producers that more money is being put into raise the dad-gummed critters than what comes out! Really–there is not much financial benefit to raising cattle, even if you’re striving to be a low-cost producer. More money needs to go into the care, feed and welfare of these animals than what you can get out of them, no matter if you’re selling your meat direct or selling your cattle to the local salebarn.
For many though, raising cattle can get you tax exemption. I’m not exactly sure how or how the whole process works, but I do know that if raise cattle or some form of livestock for profit it can act as a tax exemption. Cattle is a large economic benefit to many countries as well, contributing to billions of dollars annually upon the sale, export and import of live animals, carcasses and boxed beef. Too bad it doesn’t reflect it on the people that raise them…
Regardless, the hard work that is involved is worth it in the end. It is said that raising livestock is 90% hard work and 10% satisfaction, and I believe it is that 10% satisfaction that many producers strive for–seeing new calves hit the ground and grow into strong, healthy animals, and seeing them get sold off to market when they’re good and ready to go. This is where the moral benefits come into play. Raising cattle takes a ton of hard work and you have to diligent, just about a jack- or jenny-of-all-trades, and not be the type that likes to stick with normal everyday routines. The reason I say this is that your farm duties change with every season–calving in the spring, putting bulls out in the summer, haying in the summer, processing calves in the fall, preparing for fall-winter-spring feeding, etc. Fences need to be checked regularly, cattle checked on a regular basis, keep up to date with times to vaccinate, preg-check, put the bulls in and pull them out, wean calves, the list goes on. Some producers have more machinery to maintain and fix than others do, and this is also a chore in itself and can take up a lot of time and effort.
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