We took a trip down to the great North American in Louisville this past weekend to compete on the biggest stage. There’s nothing like showing on the green shavings. We are proud of the girls and what they accomplished.
Legacy Farms is a family operation that takes great pride in what we do. We raise cattle that are breed for the showring and proven in the pasture.
We also raise Australian Shepherds
Operating as usual
We took a trip down to the great North American in Louisville this past weekend to compete on the biggest stage. There’s nothing like showing on the green shavings. We are proud of the girls and what they accomplished.
We have some excellent heifers for sale! Give us a call: 217-827-2564
Whether you eat animals or not, animal agriculture is important for restoring environmental and soil health.
The soil on the left is the result of regenerative agricultural practices being implemented and holds significantly more organic and Carbon matter. Sheep and cattle were carefully managed and rotated on the land. They ate the grass, deposited their urine and dung and were then moved away to let the grass grow back quickly.
The cycle is then repeated at a later date depending on season variability and vegetation recovery. This allows the pulling of carbon into the soil. It is darker because carbon from the atmosphere is now in the soil making it more nutrient rich and dense.
The soil on the right is from a commercial farm that grows grain and uses no animals on the land.
The soil with more carbon holds a lot more water (roughly 150,000 liters of water per hectare for every 1% of carbon that’s added) and is full of microbes.
Animals play a crucial role in regenerating the land and getting carbon into the soil when properly managed.
These ‘regenerative’ practices also can be applied to crop management through the careful integration of livestock.
Legacy’s Hulk and his dam Auto Camilla606c
We have some of his first calves just weaned and would love to show them off to you.
Photos from FarmWeekNow's post
2022 state fair string. We have 10 head here.
Once again, a reporter with ZERO education in nutrition or food production, telling the world we need to eat less meat and more fake foods... And the public (and Silicon Valley) are buying it -hook, line and sinker!
Replacing 20%+ of bioavailable, easily digested animal protein with poor quality algal/fungal proteins is not healthy or sustainable for humans.
The article cites deforestation and emissions from cattle as a the primary reasons to avoid meat. I’ve addressed both of these misconceptions in great detail on my feed/website and in my book, Sacred Cow.
Not ONCE does the article mention the benefits of buying well-sourced meat to help increase biodiversity, enhance ecosystem function, improve water cycles, and sequester carbon, but it does sing the praises of industrially produced, ultra-processed meat alternatives. The author even goes so far as to claim that “any reduction of red meat in our diets is a net positive, regardless of what vegetarian option you replace it with”.
That's simply false.
The certitude of this statement (and many others within the article) is precisely why this spoon-fed perspective sits so well with so many consumers. By discouraging critical thought and encouraging tribal anti-meat thinking, this article plays to one of the most fundamental features of human psychology: the desire to categorize things into distinct groupings such as “good” or “bad” for the sake of simplicity and survival, absolving the individual of more profound, laborious thought.
But reality is often much more complex and nuanced than good or bad would have you believe. Meat has always been a critical part of human food systems. There are no zero death food solutions. Widespread modern discomfort with death is likely an artifact of our disconnection from nature and meaning. So consume the highest quality food available to you, but don’t go vilifying meat when you haven’t done the work to understand the indispensable role that well-managed livestock can play in both ecosystem and human health.
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Mike - I took my family to see Top Gun the other night in Oklahoma City, and I was VERY disappointed to see you in an ad for the fossil fuel industry. I love Dirty Jobs and appreciate your scholarship program, but you should do your homework before associating yourself with organizations like the OERB. Our planet is in peril, and fossil fuels are the problem. America needs to get off oil and gas NOW!!! The UN said we have less than 12 years to avert an irreversible climate catastrophe – and that was three years ago! Please use your influence to help deliver that message before it’s too late.
First, I’m delighted to hear that I shared the big screen with Tom Cruise! The Scientology stuff gives me the creeps, but Top Gun 2 was a terrific movie, and a great way to spend a few hours out of the summer heat. I sure hope I didn’t wreck it for you by espousing the virtues of energy independence.
Second, you’ll be pleased to know that I have in fact done my homework on climate change. I’ve also considered the UN’s doomsday prediction, looked at their evidence, listened to experts on both sides of the debate, and concluded that the earth is probably not going to end in 2031. https://bit.ly/3O9oF24. Obviously, I could be wrong. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do like this response from The Scientific American. https://bit.ly/3O9oF24. From the article:
“Doomsday scenarios may generate clicks and sell advertisements, but they always fail to convey that science is nuanced. Arbitrary "time left to apocalypse" predictions are not evidence-based, and the real story of climate change doesn't fit neatly into brief bullet points competing for your attention in today's saturated media environment. Stoking panic and fear offers a false narrative that can overwhelm readers, leading to inaction and hopelessness. Earth isn't ending in 12 years. It didn't end at Y2K or when the Mayan calendar predicted the collapse of civilization in 2012. Earth, as a whole, will be okay—for at least another few billion years.”
The Scientific American isn’t saying there’s nothing to worry about, and neither am I. We both believe the planet is warming, that the seas are rising, and that human activity is a contributing factor. For that reason, The Scientific American and I, along with everyone I know in the energy industry, is very supportive of the ongoing quest to find alternative ways to power America. Unfortunately, no alternative - except for nuclear - has so far demonstrated the potential to eventually replace fossil fuels, and right now, there’s more resistance to nuclear than there is to coal, oil, and gas. That’s tragic, in my view. For more on that, please watch this excellent Ted Talk by an environmentalist named Michael Shellenberger. https://bit.ly/3Oz68vV Here’s the short version.
After years of championing wind and solar, Shellenberger came to believe that both were fundamentally unreliable. Seventy percent of the time, the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow. He then concluded that we’d need to cover millions of acres of land with billions of solar panels and windmills to generate the energy America needs. In his words, “we’d have to destroy the environment to save the climate.” Shellenberger also determined that wind and solar were a disaster for wildlife. Wind turbines kill millions of birds and bats every year, many of which are either protected or endangered. Solar farms are also terrible for birds, many of which catch on fire when they fly over the panels and plummet to earth like flaming planes shot from the sky. In California, we call them “streamers.” The desert tortoise has been decimated as well, and now, the disposal of countless toxic solar panels is becoming hugely problematic.
Shellenberger then goes on to make a very persuasive case for nuclear energy, which he argues is much cleaner, much safer, and far more reliable than any other alternative. France gets 90% of its electricity from nuclear power. We could, too. The question is, why don’t we? What’s stopping us from vigorously pursuing the only viable alternative to fossil fuel? The answer I think, is fear. Ironically, the same kind of fear that’s got many people convinced the planet will end in nine years. The same kind of fear that leads to false narratives, inaction and hopelessness. The same kind of fear that makes people forget that the earth is still spinning, and we all share the same atmosphere. Consider this:
Right now, there are three billion people on this planet who burn millions of tons of wood and dung, every single day. That’s how they cook their food and stay warm. Obviously, three billion people burning millions of tons of wood and dung puts an enormous amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. With respect, Janice, do you have a message for them? Have you told them to get off wood and dung “NOW!!!” If not, how come? If so, what did you tell them to burn instead of wood and dung?
I’d also love your thoughts on China and India. Those two countries alone burn over 14 million tons of coal every single day. They’ve announced plans to build thousands of new coal-fired plants over the next thirty years - and not the clean-burning kind of coal we’ve developed over here. https://bloom.bg/3OhiWr1 Have you advised them to get off coal “NOW!!!” If not, how come? If so, what did you tell them to burn instead of coal?
It seems to me that CO2 levels around the world could be dramatically reduced if the billions of people currently relying on wood, dung, and coal were able to transition to natural gas. But that’s not what you’re proposing, Janice. In fact, you’re proposing the opposite. You want America to abandon oil and natural gas before we put a viable alternative in place, even as billions of people the world over double down on much dirtier sources of energy. With respect, how does that make sense? I understand you’re worried about the future – I am, too. The future is uncertain. But I don’t need a crystal ball to tell you what will happen today, if America takes your advice. In short, our entire economy will collapse, along with our military, our healthcare system, our transportation grid, and our food supply. Millions will freeze to death. Millions more will die in the heat. Many more will starve.
That’s not a doomsday prediction, that’s just a fact. Every single aspect of modern life depends on easy access to affordable, abundant energy, and wind and solar are not ready for primetime. https://bit.ly/3N3e33j Likewise, most of the products we rely on today are made from the petroleum you despise – the device you’re using right now, the clothes you’re wearing, the tires on your car, and the roads you drive it on. Including the road that brought you to that that (air-conditioned) theater where you sat in comfort, and looked on as Tom Cruise saved the world, (with a little help from jet fuel.)
Point is, Janice, we can’t just flip a switch. It doesn’t matter how many caps and exclamation points you employ, or how many doomsday predictions you quote. Abandoning oil and gas today won’t save the planet; it will merely return us to the Stone Age. In the same way we can’t sacrifice the environment to save the climate, we can’t destroy the present to save the future. We must adapt, as we always have, and I believe there’s reason for hope. I’ve seen some incredible production breakthroughs in the last few years that aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Things like carbon recapture technology, which has the potential to bring energy companies to net zero carbon emissions in just a few years. https://exxonmobil.co/3A0Znio
Long-term, I still think the best hope for the most people is nuclear, and I hope we follow France’s example. But in the short-term, I see no better alternative than natural gas. What I don’t see, is one good reason to purchase the energy we need from a foreign county. There’s something fundamentally immoral about applauding the cancellation of pipelines, buying the fuel we need from places like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Russia, and then paying to have it shipped across the ocean. We have all the energy we need right under our feet – along with a much better, much safer, much cleaner way to extract it. Which is a long way of saying, that’s why you saw me sharing the big screen with Tom Cruise.
The Oklahoma Energy Resource Board is a nonprofit, educational foundation founded thirty years ago by royalty holders in the Oklahoma oil and natural gas industry. Their primary goal is to help Oklahomans understand their state’s unique contribution to our nation’s energy security. Initially, I was attracted to their workforce development message. In Oklahoma, the energy industry employs over 85,000 people, with an average salary over $136,000 a year. That’s over twice the state average, and right now, the industry is hiring in a big, big way. I wanted to help draw attention to those jobs. But the more we talked, the more I came to appreciate their advocacy around the topic of energy independence.
Today, the OERB is pushing back against the common but misguided belief that oil and natural gas are our enemy, and they’re doing so in a way that I find respectful, courteous, educational, and most of all, persuasive. The message you saw was one of several that feature unscripted conversations between me and dozens of Oklahomans about the many ways oil and natural gas have positively impacted their lives. You can see more at OERB.com. Or, you can return to another (air-conditioned) theater next summer, where I'm liable to pop up during the previews of Mission Impossible, just before Tom Cruise saves the world again. (With a little help from oil and natural gas.)
Either way, Janice, I’ll see you around!
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What’s wrong with wood chips? You wanted plant material right…suck it up and chew on your j***y crap…
We humans have a right to be on this planet.
Chickens, descendants of velociraptors, have a right to be on this planet.
Cows, descendants of aurochs, also have a damn right to be on this planet. 💪
The War on Beef.
There is an old fake-science idea doing the rounds again at the moment. This is that cows are culprits in the global warming narrative. The problem, however, is that the scary image of cows destroying the planet with their carbon emissions doesn’t fit with how the planet actually works.
No cow alive today, nor any cow that has ever existed, nor any cow that will ever exist, can add a single atom of carbon to the atmosphere that wasn’t already there in the first place.
At one point of the carbon cycle, it is true that cows emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) to the atmosphere, each of which contains one atom of carbon. This is a basic fact of biology – but what about some other basic facts to go with it?
It would seem the fact that ruminants emit carbon gases is regarded as the clincher argument by people like Rosemary Stanton and Kris Barnden, who recently published an article on the ABC News website damning cattle. The problem is they fail to put this isolated fact together with others to give it context and, in this way, create a misleading impression. They fail to describe how a cow exists within the carbon cycle. They fail to ask a fundamental question; ‘Is the carbon a cow emits new carbon to the atmosphere?’
The believer/activists don’t explain that cows eat plants and that all the carbon in a plant comes from the atmosphere, not the ground. The carbon in the leaves comes from the minute traces of carbon dioxide in the air around them via the process of photosynthesis. Even the carbon in the roots of plants comes from the atmosphere and even the carbon in the carbohydrate sugars that the roots exude to soil microbes in a swap for nutrients, comes from the air above us. The energy for this is captured by the plant’s own solar panels – its leaves.
The believer/activists don’t explain that when a cow eats a plant it is vicariously ‘eating’ carbon from the atmosphere. They don’t explain that, when that cow exhales carbon dioxide or belches methane, the carbon in those gases goes back to where it ultimately came from – the air around them.
The implications of photosynthesis are not divulged to the public by the cows-are-culprits believer/activists. They don’t explain where animals get their energy from and how their food sources become laden with energy. (Hint: it’s ultimately from the Sun and it involves the carbon cycle, the water cycle and photosynthesis.)
Plants combine carbon, hydrogen and oxygen to make carbohydrate chains or ‘sugars’. (C6H12O6)
Cows and other animals consume these carbohydrate sugars and ‘burn’ them as energy to run their bodies. As a result of this ‘combustion’ the by-product of carbon dioxide is produced and exhaled to the atmosphere. We humans do the same thing. Once in the atmosphere, the carbon dioxide again becomes available for photosynthesis in plants, and so the cycle starts over again. This is an example of sustainability in plants and animals.
So, with regard to the carbon dioxide the cow breathes out, it goes straight back to where it came from – the atmosphere.
What about the methane?
The methane issue is a kind of blind spot for those who vilify cows because most bovine critics would see themselves as deeply concerned about preserving a natural and organic environment. Well, methane from cattle is a natural and organic gas but the detractors portray it as something else – something unusual, something particularly sinister. Methane production is also solar powered – another appealing feature to those concerned about natural and organic things. Methane inevitably results from the process of plant growth (photosynthesis) and subsequent fermentation by various agencies such as microbes, insects and ruminant animals. Methane occurs naturally and abundantly in rainforests, wetlands, lakes, swamps, rivers and arid zones.
Methane is produced naturally and organically in the environment by microbes, ruminant animals, wild grazing herds and the prodigious activity of insects such as ants and termites.
A cow has a part of its digestive process that we do not have and this enables it to eat tough cellulose food. This fermentation chamber is called a rumen where, with the aid of microbes, the cow processes tough cellulose foods in the absence of oxygen. The by-product of this combustion is methane (CH4) which is then belched.
The methane molecule is unstable in oxygen and, once in the oxygen-rich atmosphere, reverts to carbon dioxide and water vapour – see equation at end. For the period that the methane molecule is in the atmosphere it is a potential global warming gas but its molecular characteristics – its heat absorption capacity – is not well matched to the frequency at which the Earth radiates heat. For this reason the theoretical heat-trapping potential of methane is curtailed when the gas converts to its original form. And, in any case, it is a natural part of the environment that has been happening for hundreds of millions of years by vast herds of ruminant herbivores across the globe.
It seems that the detractors of cattle are reluctant to concede that the emissions of cows are part of a closed and self-completing carbon cycle in the atmosphere. This organic cycle involves all plants and animals, including ourselves.
In conclusion, the carbon gas emissions of cows are just one point in a giant circle that is the atmospheric carbon cycle. If you plot the other points in the cycle, it forms a giant circle which loops back to the start point. There is no new carbon in the atmosphere as a result of a cow’s existence.
Some relevant equations
The general equation for photosynthesis is:
6CO2 + 6H2O + Sunlight absorbed = C6H12O6 + 6O2
Note: The C6H12O6 molecule is a carbohydrate molecule – a food ‘sugar’ which can be eaten by an animal and ‘burnt’ to produce energy. When this molecule is ‘burnt’ it produces carbon dioxide (CO2) as a by-product. This is then exhaled to the atmosphere as the same gas as it was prior to the growth of the plant the cow eventually eats.
The Breakdown of methane.
Conversion of methane to carbon dioxide and water is:
CH4 + 2O2 = CO2+ 2H2O + Energy (Heat given off)
* About David Mason-Jones
David Mason-Jones was initially persuaded by the ‘cows-are-the-culprits’ narrative but changed his mind once he studied the subject in more detail.
At the time of publishing his original book on this subject, David was the editor of the monthly rural publication, Small Farms Magazine.
Like many Australians, David was initially influenced by the general public mood that livestock cast a long shadow in terms of their global warming gas emissions. Since researching the matter in more detail however, he has completely reversed his opinion.
His books, ‘Should Meat be on the menu’ and ‘Why didn’t my Grandmother get fat and why did I? deal with the issues of the environmental credentials of cattle as well as the dietary benefits of including animal products.
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Food labeling is confusing. But do not be deceived!
When orange juice says it's non-GMO, please recognize that all oranges are non-GMO. The only potential GMO products in the USA are papaya, corn, alfalfa, soybeans, cotton, potatoes, squash, canola, sugar beets, and apples.
When organic milk is labeled antibiotic free, remember that all dairy products, including milk, are always antibiotic free. Same applies to meat.
Those bananas advertised as cholesterol free? That's because all bananas are cholesterol free.
When a jar of peanuts says it is made in a plant that processes peanuts just use your common sense and roll your eyes.
When a bag of apples says it is gluten free, remember that gluten comes from wheat.
When you see a Facebook post that talks about hormones in beef, please understand that an 8oz serving of beef has 2-3 nanograms of estrogen, an 8 oz serving of white bread has 136,080 nanograms of estrogen, and 8 ounces of soy flour has 342,468,000 nanograms of estrogen. All living things produce estrogen, it's just science.
When that carton of eggs says that they came from vegetarian fed chickens, don't forget that chickens are naturally omnivores.
So yes, eat healthy, but don't be swayed by deceptive advertising. Be informed.
No farms, no food. Know your farmers, know your food.
The National Junior Limousin & Lim-Flex show will begin promptly at 8 a.m. today in Jim Norick Arena Ring 2. We suggest you start heading up to the arena from barn 8 & 9 about 3-4 classes ahead of your class so that you do not miss your class.
View the junior show program here:https://nalf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/FINAL-Junior-Show-Program_Cover.pdf
The Limousin & Lim-Flex Pen show will begin at 2 pm today or following the Junior Limousin & Lim-Flex show in PER Ring 1. Scales will open immediately following the junior show.
View the pen show program here:https://nalf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/FINAL-Pen-Show-Program_Cover-1.pdf
For those that can't join us in person, watch live here: https://cattlemenscongress.com/watch-live/
View the Cattlemen's Column here: https://mailchi.mp/nalf/attention-exhibitors-attendees-of-the-2020-nwss-216554
There’s no mis-steakin’, this gives a great visual.
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This is brilliant and should be shared and shared! Especially on today or all days
Impactful words from a true EOM Hero. Thank you Nicolette Hahn Niman and your Defending Beef for all you do for the Regenerative Agriculture movement 🙏❤️
Please don’t forget to pick up your copy of her new book. We MUST support our heroes!
In 1950 there were
10.6 million cattle in the UK
50,225,000 people in the UK
4 million licensed vehicles on the roads
In 2018 there were
9.9 million cattle in the UK (with an annual average population of 10.9 million since 1950)
66,460.000 people in the UK
38 million licensed vehicles on the roads
There were no records of commercial flights in the 1950s but ...
in 2004 there were 23 million commercial flights
in 2018 there were 38 million commercial flights
(this doesn't include private or freight flights)
I really would love to see the data that conclusively proves that cattle are the game changing contributor to global warming that the media would have us believe.
Photo of some of our Galloway girls , courtesy of Jennifer MacKenzie
State fair 2021
Just took this photo flying into a Mexico City
I also used to see this pollution every time I flew into LA
It’s very convenient for every single industrial industry and clueless city person to blame problems on the cattle out in the beautiful fields
The problem is definitely the ruminants that have been around since grasslands first existed 🤡🤡🤡
Are you up to date on Illinois agriculture statistics? Check them out here: https://www.farmprogress.com/farm-life/illinois-ag-numbers
A little louder for the people in the back...
Cotton has a neutral greenhouse gas footprint.
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Food for thought..
The red liquid on the plate when eating a rare steak is not blood. It is a protein called myoglobin, which distributes oxygen to the muscles.
All blood has been removed from the carcass during the slaughtering process. There is no such thing as a bloody steak.
Reserve grand cow calf pair at nationals! Jemma was reserve jr showman and Claire made top ten intermediate showman. The girls also placed in sweepstakes contest as well. We are proud of them and the work they did all week.
LOOK AT THIS!!! 👀. LABELS!!! When I sell direct off the farm I always try to be at least half the price of Whole Foods Market in my area. I have way too much kale right now and need to get that garbage off my farm.
I know there are people who love eating those dirt tasting leaves so I grow a ton of kale because I still love them🙂. Below is a screen shot of the LABELS Whole Foods uses to justify 1.99 for 3 ounces of Kale. My direct sale price is 1.00 for 8 ounces. Let’s look at these labels.
DAIRY FREE- Not even sure why they label it dairy free, no one is confusing something as nasty as kale with ANYTHING dairy.
ENGINE 2- Bougie ass plant based diet pretending to be cool using firefighter themes. Not cool. Plus every firefighter I know can make bomb ass chili and they go heavy on the ground cow!
GLUTEN FREE- OF COURSE IT IS GLUTEN FREE! It is raw KALE, not WHEAT!!!
LOW FAT- Duh!!! Fat tastes good.
LOW SODIUM- SEE ABOVE about the fat.
PALEO FRIENDLY- No way! That s**t was still wild mustard in the caveman days. Plus they mostly ate berries and mammoths.
SUGAR CONSCIOUS- Again, no one is confusing kale with candy.
VEGAN- 🤔. Well there is an organic label too... That means non synthetic fertilizer. So blood, guts and body parts were used to grow it, but we can’t let little facts like that stand in the way of virtue signaling based diets! Oh yeah lots of 💩 too!
VEGETARIAN- Ummm... Well yeah, it is after all a whole vegetable.
WHOLE FOODS DIET- redundant label.
KETO FRIENDLY- SO IS A T-BONE!
USDA ORGANIC- This does not mean pesticide free. It also doesn’t mean that highly toxic pesticides were not used. It means that they are not synthetic. With that usda label attached it also means they did just enough to stay compliant. If you truly want organic, find you a local guy or gal that grows that way. Then you know for sure. My kale is technically pesticide free because I have not sprayed it once. It is because I do not care enough about it as a crop to waste money spraying it. Nothing eats my kale except deer.
LOCAL- Hmmmmmmmm. I always wonder what the local radius is with grocery stores. On the same site they have eggs produced in Az as local to Indianapolis. There is a conventional egg producer 35 miles south of Indy, but they don’t have the cool hip labels.
Here is an idea. Dump the labels. If you can afford to shop at a Whole Foods, then you can afford to just buy directly from local growers. Do that instead if you can.
Our society is already too confusing with all the labels we put on each other. Now we are doing it with our food. Whole Foods is just a bougie Walmart. At least Walmart is honest about their crap. Look at Tw***ies... No labels, just Tw***ie the Kid, you know the Tw***ie cowboy on the box. He is saying, “Of course I’m not healthy, screw that noise, just eat me!” That is truth in marketing right there.
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