After visiting the Bowen Cattle Co. ranch near Worden on a recent spring day, I began thinking about how the beef industry is slowly but surely diversifying, and that society may benefit because of it.
Red-hued calves that started life frolicking on the Bowen ranch last April will spend the next two years grazing on pastures, without ever eating a mouthful of corn or setting foot in a crowded feedlot.
Hay is stacked near the Goggins feedlot on Wednesday.
Blue Creek Cattle Feeders' Anna Haaland explains the working of of feedlot during the winter month.
It's 8 a.m. at Haaland's Blue Creek Feeders and cowhand Chuck Irwin is making breakfast for 4,000.