What does responsibly raised mean to you? We defined what responsibly raised means to us. We are and will be transparent in our efforts to do what is best for the cattle. We at E3 Meat co. believe in “happy cows” you will hear Jenn LaRoche say “I have happy cows, happy cows don’t beller”. It is proved that happier and healthier cattle provide healthier and better tasting beef.
We have developed a strict vaccination program with our veterinarian. This is done so with the same principles in mind as you would use with your doctor when immunizing your children. Vaccinations are important to help prevent certain diseases. We as ranchers do not like to see our animals suffer, therefore if we can vaccinate and prevent our animals from suffering as certified ranchers at E3 we will do so. Mineral is provided and fed to the cattle. Mineral affects cattle just as vitamins affect humans. Our goal is to keep the cattle as healthy as we can without the use of antibiotics. On our ranches it is common to see cattle in production at 13 years of age when the national average of cows’ production is only 8 years of age. This is the true definition of “happy cows”.
Part of being a responsible rancher is to make sure that we are doing what is best for the earth. With this we have adapted a holistic management approach to grazing. This helps the cattle stay healthier and we don’t rip the nutrients out of the earth. By adhering to our holistic management vaccination/mineral program we are trying to do whatever it takes to make sure we always have “happy cows”. Even with all that we are trying to do to make sure we have “happy cow” some cows will get sick nonetheless. The reason why we have chosen 100 days of no antibiotics comes from being a responsible rancher. We started out with the mind set of “no antibiotics ever”. What we found out from this is that it is not humane for the cattle. A good example of this would be pinkeye, pinkeye is a disease that effects cattle’s eyes, this can lead to total blindness or partial blindness. Most cattle will get pink eye at 4 to 5 months of age. If this is treated with an antibiotic the eye(s) will clear up and the cattle’s vision will be restored. If you do not treat the infection they will be fed out and have to suffer with blindness until there final day. This is not the goal we have at E3 meat co with diseases that are treatable and preventable in our cattle. Because of this we have decided to set a 100 day no antibiotic shots hold. If an animal were to become ill and need treated with an antibiotic in the last 100 days, they would be pulled out and sold as conventional cattle. The 100-day protocol is what is USDA standard for natural. There are no lasting effects on antibiotics cause if used within these time frames.