Beef price helping resilient dairy trade

Source: http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/taking-stock-beef-price-helping-resilient-dairy-trade.htm

Farmers Weekly

A remarkably resilient dairy cattle trade is being reported around the marts as many farms cope with break-even prices and rely on beef cheques to ease cashflows. Many sales are seeing heifers average £1,600 or more, with quality heifers often breaking the £2,000 mark as barren cows make 125p/kg to subsidise flying herds. Defra figures show an average spring milk price at about 27p/litre, while English and Welsh liveweight cull cow values are 18-20p/kg up on the year. …

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When livestock is kept in the pasture-based system they are allowed to graze openly and eat nutritious green grass and other green plants that are easily digested by their bodies. The livestock welfare is greatly increased when they graze on pasture.

Sustainable livestock raising also helps in reducing damage to the environment and the produces such as meat, eggs and milk is much more nutritious and taste better than food from factory farms.

Animal Health Benefits:

Livestock that are kept in confined factory farms have less quality life than those raised on pasture. Livestock when raised on gree pasture can move around and live an organic life where else in factory farms the animals are all crowded in confined facilities. These facilities do not have sun light or fresh air allowing bacteria to develope and affect the livestock. This then contributes to the livestock being given antibiotics which is not best for the livestock.

Since a whole lot of animals eat grass, grazing them on pasture has a lot of benefits. Some of the benefits would be the livestock are able to produce drool which is good for neutralizing acids that is in their digestive system. Since grain fed livestock produce less saliva they often suffer from dehydration, intestine harm and even death.

Human Being Health Benefits:

Livestock farmed on pasture produce more nutritious eggs, beef, milk which is ideal for consumers than livestock raised on grains. Adding to that, pasture raised foods have a much healthier balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats then your conventional foods. Their nutritional levels are higher as well.

It’s no doubt that sustainable livestock farming is the way to go if you need to be a successful livestock farmer. The livestock are reared in a healthy way and the produce is healthy for us humans.

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