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When livestock is kept in the pasture-based system they are let to graze openly and eat nutritious grass and other plants that are easily digested by their bodies. The livestock welfare is greatly increased when they graze on green pasture.
Sustainable livestock raising also helps in minimizing damage to the environment and the produces such as meat, eggs and milk is more nutritious and taste better than food from factory farms.
Animal Health Benefits:
Livestock that are kept in restricted factory farms have less quality life compared to those raised on pasture. Livestock when raised on pasture can move around and live an organic life where else in factory facilities the animals are all crowded in confined facilities. These facilities don’t have sunlight or fresh air allowing bacteria to develope and affect the animals. This then causes the animals being given antibiotics which is not good for the livestock.
Since a lot of animals eat grass, grazing them on pasture has a number of benefits. Some of the benefits will be the livestock are able to produce drool which is great for neutralizing acids that is in their digestive system. Seeing that grain fed livestock produce less saliva they often suffer from dehydration, intestine damage and even death.
Human Health Benefits:
Livestock farmed on pasture produce more nutritious eggs, meat, milk which is ideal for consumers than livestock raised on grains. Adding to that, pasture raised foods have a more healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats than your conventional foods. Their supplement levels are greater as well.
It’s no question that sustainable livestock farming is the way to go if you want to be a successful livestock farmer. The livestock are raised in a healthy way and the produce is healthy for us humans.