Libers cattle ranching

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Libers cattle ranching - To treat livestock without pain would be...
To treat livestock without pain would be expensive according to Brownback. Cost of beef, pork and lamb would double if these animals were anesthetized every time they were worked on. "Unless the U.S. opts to give up its cheap food policy, livestockmen will continue to doctor their animals the same," Brownback notes. The Japanese ve probably the most humane when working livestock. Part of this extra work and anesthetized operations are reflected in their cost of meat. Steak may cost up to $12 a pound in Japan. Farmers and ranchers like the Liebers believe in and practice health maintenance. The Liebers drive or walk through tlieir calves twice every day, their feeder cattle once a day and cattle in the pasture once a week. They check for certain signs of illness—droopy ears, runny noses, hunched backs and inactivity. Walking through the J.V. Cattle Co. working area, Mrs. Lieber explains the JMMi-flg--pe -DS -Jvherel_caUle wait to be. worked on. Next she explains the pharmaceutical area where cattle are vaccinated and finally she operates and ex- plains the squeeze chute where the cattle are dehorned and branded. This working area is essential for working cattle and also represents a sizable investment. This investment is designed to eliminate disease and promote healthy animals. Holding pens and the squeeze chute are necessary to control large animals, Mrs. Lieber explains. People who aren't around cattle fail to realize how large and dangerous these animals can be. _._iiTherje_is_a-jnuch_greater_chance_of_ cattle hurting us than there s,ofJ »S -hurtinjL a 1,200 pound steer," she notes. Nearly neveryone who has ever worked livestock has suffered some type of injury according to the Osage County rancher. She recalls being thrown from her horse while rounding up cattle. Her husband Bill walks with a limp. He has been kicked several times sorting cattle. "To date our family has yet to suffer an injury due to mechanical accidents," Mrs. Lieber says. Animals aren't predictable like machines. You can control a machine but not an animal." Another discrepancy—in the ABC program involved close confinement of chickens in the poultry^ industry. According to Lieber the program blamed these tight living conditions for can- nabalism. But close confinement isn't the major cause of this, she adds. Stresr is the major cause^ W can-" nibalism among chickens, she explains. Any chicken.will resort to cannibalism under stress—even chickens running free in the barnyard. In another segment of the television documentary, calves were pictured bawling when taken from their mothers when only a day old. What most people don't realize, Mrs. Lieber says, is this is a general practice throughout the dairy industry. Calves nurse from the mothers shortly after they •are born to insure they receive the necessary colostrum. Then they receive Tiiillrreplacer wnicn nas all the needed food value and vitamins for the growing animal. Thrpurpose of thexlairyindustryis to~ breed cattle that provide milk for human consumption. After all which is more important, milk for humans or milk for animals, Mrs. Lieber asks. Hospital Notes SSSNNSNSSNSSSV \ N \ \ \ s's TtDMISSlONS^— October 21 Tamera Zenger, Haddam Amy Coy, Washington James DavisT'Scandia Ernest Kirk, Scandia Denise Aggson, Concordia Edna Cole, Belle-View Manor October 22 John Chizek, Agenda William Hirmon, Belleville

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 30 Oct 1980, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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