We truly believe that cattle are the greatest “upcyclers”. They take land that would not otherwise efficiently grow food, and the byproducts of producing some of our favorite food & drink that would otherwise create waste, and turn it into high quality protein for our diet (beef!).
Making the best use of this land and byproducts is a common practice by the beef community that pre-dates the national conversation around the environmental impacts of raising food. This up-cycling based approach is the U.S. model for beef production. It's one reason U.S. ranchers and feeders are able to produce 18% of the world's beef with just 8% of the world's cattle.
Here are the ways using marginal land and upcycling plays out at Post 5 Cattle Co:
We graze our calves on ground that is not suitable for farming during the spring (i.e. too rocky, no water to grow crops)
In the fall we trade composted manure for a rotational grain or forage crop with a local seed grower.
In the winter we then graze on stubble (what remains from corn/wheat harvest) fields.