STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....

STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....
.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sustainable Farming......

Well, I've been remiss in not keeping up with my blog, but it seems the year has been soooo busy, I've procrastinated over and over. NOT that I haven't had my mind on beef and cattle and ranching! Hardly! This has been a tough year to BE a rancher - politically, that is - at least in our neck of the woods. But perhaps that makes the love of our lifestyle all the more poignant.

It's made me ponder this "new" notion of sustainability. And I'm going to make it my new "mantra." For, in fact, ranching IS perhaps the MOST sustainable form of agriculture there is! Whereas crops can fail, and often do, and can only be harvested once a year (except in terms of gardens, etc...), cattle or livestock is a continual crop and one that can travel with the farmer or rancher and can live beautifully and in harmony with wildlife and waterfowl, in pastures or in the mountains, or in lands that are much too marginal or inadequate for farming.

So what IS the beef? Cattle are amazing animals. They are sustainable and can sustain populations far more easily and efficiently than just grains or crops. If people are truly interested in feeding the world, then the world NEEDS cattle and other livestock. Crops are not enough. Cattle can graze and convert otherwise unusable dry material into an important protein.

Truly, ranching and raising livestock is the most profoundly sustainable form of agriculture there is....and rather than condemning ranchers, consumers and citizens should be supporting them.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What's the Beef? From soup to nuts.....: Beef and Nutrition: Facts to Link to......

What's the Beef? From soup to nuts.....: Beef and Nutrition: Facts to Link to......

Beef and Nutrition: Facts to Link to......

From the article, "96 Lean Beef Nutrition," by Nicole Wolverton, located on LiveStrong.com, lean beef contains the following nutrition:

Protein

Including 96 percent lean beef in your diet provides you with a rich source of protein. A 4 oz. serving of this beef has 25g of this macronutrient, or 44.6 to 54.3 percent of the recommended daily intake. The protein in 96 percent lean beef plays a critical role in muscle building, and it helps satisfy your energy needs as well. In addition, protein provided by 96 percent lean beef helps maintain the health of your immune system.

Minerals

This type of ground beef serves as a good source of iron -- each 4 oz. portion of 96 percent lean beef provides 15 percent of the daily recommended intake. Iron impacts the level of oxygen in your body as it helps make up red blood cells that oxygenate muscles and other body parts. A serving of 96 percent lean beef also contains 60mg of sodium, although this amount does not use up a significant portion of the suggested daily limit of 1,500mg.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/367454-96-lean-beef-nutrition/#ixzz1DsyEI5R8

Nicole Wolverton has been writing health-related and human-interest articles since 1986

So if you're looking for more information, check out the link listed above! But BEEF is a healthy choice....