It all begins with what kind of environment the cow is living in and how it’s being fed, which determines the health of the cattle. In the past when calves are born, they feed off their mother’s milk and later on graze on grass for pretty much the rest of their lives; and in the winter, they would feed on hay. Now in the present, cows are packed into feedlots, get little exercise and practically live in their own manure. Cattle living in this type of situation make them more prone to all sorts of diseases and illnesses. While they are packed in the feedlots, they are fed foods that are high in protein in order to fatten and muscle out the cattle, which causes the cattle to grow and mature at a faster rate. According to Kamb, “In farming communities, a variety of protein sources were readily available, from soybeans or peanuts or cottonseed. Or, from chicken feces, poultry feathers, cow blood or other parts of pigs, hor...
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