Back in 2010 or so I ran across the HBO movie called “Temple Grandin”, starring Claire Dane; at the time I watched it because my son was 5 years old and we were in the process of accepting that he is a highly functioning autistic child. I was initially intrigued by the previews because I felt like it would give me some insight into how his saw and processed the world. But as I watched the movie and the story of this amazing woman unfolded it began to open my eyes to the horrors of the cattle industry. It was something that I never considered or even thought about prior to seeing the movie. More than likely, I probably had heard of feed-lots and the lack of nutrition of our food (in general) but I had never imagined the inhumane treatment of the cattle or that there could possibly be a better way.
Fast forward almost a decade and here we are launching Ranchland Foods. My son’s and family’s health is what led us down the road to provide “clean” food to consumers. That also meant eliminating the inhumane treatment and extreme stress that traditional processes caused. In that process, I wanted the cattle to have as happy a life as possible and to be treated as humanely as possible during every step of their lives. When it became evident that we could use the Temple Grandin process with our cattle, I was elated.
If your not familiar with the process here’s a quick review, along with a link to Temple Grandin’s site below:
- Use of curved shoots: In the past, processing plants used straight shoots which, although maybe more efficient, allowed the cattle to see what awaited them ahead and this caused panic, stress, and injury for the cattle. Temple Grandin realized that if the shoots made a dramatically curved path to their destination then it shielded them from seeing what was coming as well as appealing to their natural instinct to travel in circular paths. Cattle naturally circle back around to their starting point as they graze.
- Switching to Center-Track Restrainer System: This is a conveyer belt system where the cattle straddle a belt that lifts them by the belly and propels them forward. It holds them steady during their final moments when the final stunning blow is delivered.
I know discussing all of this is somewhat disturbing but there’s no getting around the facts…beef comes from cows! So instead of burying our heads in the sand and deciding to “not think about it” let’s all embrace humane livestock handling and demand it, not only in handling cattle but any and all livestock that becomes part of our healthy diets. At Ranchland Foods we fully employ the Temple Grandin process of humane livestock treatment. You can learn more about Temple Grandin and the process by visiting her website.