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W. E. (not verified)
on Jul 7, 2014

Bigger isn't better. Mimicking nature in each particular place on earth is better for livestock, for the farmer and for the consumer, but most especially for the land, wildlife, local weather and climate. Human beings do copy one another. It's a shame some of America's worst mistakes are spreading around the globe. Agriculture's worst mistake since World War II is the attempt to farm as much land as possible, to produce as much grain as possible, to feed as many animals as possible in confinement. Nature intends that ruminant livestock graze and fertilize the land, renewing fertility and building topsoil that is high in organic matter and life. Far too much land that should be grazed is now being farmed, using chemical aids that mine the organic matter from the soil. To encourage the spread of the feedlot mentality worldwide will starve far more people than it feeds. Weather extremes will become the rule, not the exception that they have been for centuries. The earth will end up with more deserts, more gullies, more duststorms, more floods, blizzards, wildfires, and tornadoes, and virtually no trees to attract rain. A new hypothesis suggests that tree cover plays a much greater role in determining rainfall than previously recognized. It explains how forested regions generate large-scale flows in atmospheric water vapor. See http://www.cifor.org/library/2770/how-forests-attract-rain-an-examinatio...
Someday, if mankind grows wise enough, perhaps our food, including our livestock, will grow among tree-strewn savannahs, mimicking nature, and people will find a way to live well among the trees.

on Aug 5, 2014

What are you smoking? Or did you hit too many branches when you fell out of your tree?

hb (not verified)
on Sep 26, 2014

Coming from someone who im sure is well-fed and well-clothed. Maybe go hungry a few days and see how bad you need your all-organic, all natural, all grass fed lifestyle.

Gabe Brown (not verified)
on Oct 17, 2014

W.E. is 100% correct. If anyone doubts this just read the book DIRT by Dr. David Montgomery. The production model being used today is degrading our resources all while producing food that is lower in nutrient density thus leading to increased health issues. A REGENERATIVE production model will produce much more nutrient dense food per acre while improving our resources.

Jon Condon (not verified)
on Oct 22, 2014

Doesn't come close to being the 'World's Largest Vertically Integrated Cattle Operation'. There are a number of cattle businesses in Australia that are fully vertically integrated, from conception to consumption, that run a lot more cattle than Miratorg.

on Mar 11, 2015

W.E. and Gabe are both right. Ranchers have went after bulls that sire calves that weigh a little more in the fall but sire cows that are huge and have high maintenance requirements. They fit the feeders and packers but don't fit the ranch anymore.

The majority of farmers say they can't farm without chemicals and the gov't payments. How bad is that? What would their ancestors say about that 150 years ago?

Sure, the conventional farmers raise more bushels per acre, but not nutrients per acre. Sure, the conventional ranchers raise more pounds per cow, but they run fewer cows per acre and/or have large inputs per cow meaning less profit.

It's hard to break out of a paradigm.

on Jun 11, 2016

As a world leading producer of beef and agricultural products and Australia's largest beef producer,
AACo owns and operates a strategic balance of properties, feedlots and farms comprising around 7 million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory. This equates to roughly 1% of Australia's land mass.
Branded 125,400 calves 2015/16 run 526,700 head including a 30,000 head feedlot.

on Sep 11, 2016

As Adam Smith pointed out in 1776 in WEALTH OF NATIONS, an invisible hand in a free, unregulated market, produces the greatest good for everybody, which includes our environment. I call that Invisible Hand God, my Lord and Savior. Please note that He created the environment, not man.

I live in Brazoria County, Texas, arguably the richest farmland in Texas, which is why Stephen Austin settled the first Texicans here in the early 19th century. When I moved here in 1973, every scrap of ground here and in surrounding counties either was or was begin mechanically leveled for rice production. For the last thirty five years, it has been mostly grazed, and is likely as healthy now as before it was submerged. Your excellent article on smaller cows being more profitable for ranchers exemplifies my point. Also, when I moved here the Houston Ship Channel was a chemical sewer. Today, shrimp graze the bottom of the channel and the bayous for miles. The market, I.e., the American People, demanded it.

It is profound hubris to believe that humans, and their governments, can save the earth. The most obscene desecrations have always been perpetrated by socialist governments. Witness the failed Soviet Union and satellites. Perhaps equally obscene has been the mandating of ethanol as the oxiginator in motor fuel.

If we let our ranchers, farmers, cattle feeders and housewives and oil refiners do what is best for themselves, and make the government leave them alone, we will all be served forever, or, at least until He comes.

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