AR-News: (US) Vanishing life
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Sun Nov 30 09:51:57 EST 2003
[from Boulder Daily Camera]
Amid cars and housing developments, fourth-generation ranchers hew to old ways
Raising beef cattle on the open range is like breathing for Hogan, a
fourth-generation family rancher. A cowman of few words, Hogan knows the
history, the quirks and the name of every cow on his land.
Five years ago, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did contact
them, but in recent years the Hogans have not heard a peep about what goes
on in this usually quiet corner of the county.
It's got to be done, Leo says of the castrations. Lack of male hormones
yields a better grade of beef, as well as a less ornery bull to manage.
And branding? Believe it or not, there are still cattle rustlers, and
Hogan cattle have been stolen.
"This is a natural thing, here," he says. "This is a big part of Boulder's
history that's disappearing, and it's right here in the city ... I
probably shouldn't say too much, animal rights might not like this."
In recent years, animal welfare agencies have started encouraging ranchers
to adopt overall humane standards in their operations by offering product
labels that may appeal to American consumers. For instance, American
Humane Association offers the "free-farm" label to ranchers who take steps
to increase quality of life of their farm animals.
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