If you and your family enjoy eating delicious organic beef, you might also feel reassured to know that organic farming raises cows naturally – the way they should be. Animal welfare is of great concern in organic farming, and rejects some of the methods that conventionally farmed cows may have to endure, such as the use of harsh pesticides on their pasture.
We all know that cows love to graze in their paddocks – but what particular benefits do organically raised cows enjoy in day-to-day life?
First and foremost, an organically raised cow will spend the majority of its day grazing on delicious, lush grass. Organic cows get to enjoy the best of the best – in a way, you could say they’re dining in gourmet, ‘first-class’ paddocks. The grass is plentiful and comes from fertile, pesticide-free soil. There is constant access to pasture, leaving them free to fit in the nine hours of grazing a cow usually does per day. Because they graze freely and are not kept in uncleanly conditions, they do not need to be treated with antibiotics.
In addition, organic cows spend their days with other cows as companions. Cows are herd animals, so organic cows get to live the way nature intended it. Cows without companions can become stressed and lonely.
This first-class accommodation doesn’t stop at grass quality. Our organic cows spend their days in a cool climate in Tasmania, so they don’t often get too hot or cold.
These paddocks are where an organic cow spends its entire day, right up until it is ready to provide us with delicious organic meat. According to the Consume With Care organisation, conventionally farmed cows are sent to ‘feedlots’ six to eight weeks before slaughter and are fed on grain – meaning their last days are spent with unfamiliar cows and an unnatural diet.
You could say that an organic, free-range cow’s day-to-day life is pretty much heaven!