A Vegetarian Visits a Feedlot (and is Pleasantly Surprised)
DENVER - A recent blog that appeared on Precision Nutrition’s Web site highlighted a visit to a Colorado feedlot by vegan author Ryan Andrews. Precision Nutrition is a nutrition education and solutions company, according to its Web site and Andrews is the director of education. A self-described “nutrition stud,” he subscribes to a strict vegetarian diet, but his assessment and his impressions of Magnum Feedlot were anything but negative. While Andrews hasn’t changed his vegan diet after visiting with feedlot owner Steve Gable and touring the operation, he did say, “If my experience at Magnum is representative of other cattle farms, all those accounts of the dismal, depressing, disastrous cattle conditions seem to be exaggerated.”
When discussing his reasons for making the effort to visit the feedlot, Andrews said “I was tired of talking about, reading about, and hearing about feedlots. Especially when many of the accounts were from people who had never been to a feedlot in their lives.”
Andrews’ account of his visit to Magnum was a fair and balanced assessment, and while it didn’t change his outlook on vegetarianism, he did come to a realization that cattle care is a top priority for all segments of beef production.
“People want meat. And Magnum’s feedlot system is dialed in. They’re producing safe and cost-effective meat in, arguably, the most cattle-conscious way (short of opening up those pens and letting them run free). Rock on Magnum,” concluded his article.