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Cattle Antibiotics Advantages And Disadvantages

Cattle growers are always trying to find ways to counteract these problems. Antibiotics are used as means to kill the residual harmful bacteria in the rumen. Antibiotics have yet another advantage for the cattle ranchers. Small doses of antibiotics have allowed the cattle to make more efficient use of its ' food as it can boost protein synthesis, metabolic rate, and nutrient absorption. In a 2001 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, it was concluded that 70 percent of antibiotics used for cattle in the United States were used for the sole purpose of improving the growth and performance of healthy cattle. This may seem all well and good, but giving cattle antibiotics has a major disadvantage. Antibiotics cause a small amount of bacteria…show more content…
Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906 which highlighted the horrors of working in meat packing plants and the insanitary way the meat was handles. And in that same year, congress stated that all of the livestock that was shipped to foreign markets and across state lines would subject to inspection. But this was relevant to about sixty percent of the meat processed and many of those inspectors were paid off to look the other way. In 1967 another stride was made with the Wholesome Meat Act of 1967. This act required meat packers to follow the regulations set by the federal government for meat standards. However, federal standards for meat production were still loose. The most substantial improvement for meat inspection happened in 1981 when the USDA was formed. This federal organization tests for ninety-eight percent of the meat in the United States. Even though the USDA is a federal institution, it still is swayed by cattle industry lobbyist with donation money to head UDSA members. ("Meat-Packing Industry") In 2008 the United States enacted a farm bill. This however, did not solve the huge subsidies large farm companies are given. In fact, it gave large farms a number of ways to can receive government payments. Just as spouses can put all of their investments into on members name, farm owners can do the same. As a result, the spouse with the lower income can receive these farm subsidies. It is estimated that 40 percent of the land lords, who lease the land to small farmers, will lose subsidies based on income. These landlords still have the option to raise the lease on the farmland and thereby enacting these subsidy losses indirectly onto the farm tenants. Lastly, it allows large farmers who near the income limit to purchase more land to incur federal and state deductions.
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