Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: The Care and Treatment of Cattle

Sponsored: The Care and Treatment of Cattle

Tim Dietz, Ridgefield Farm's  Ranch Manager and Steve Whitmire, owner of Brasstown Beef,  are both proud of the fact that Ridgefield Farm is GAP 4 (Global Animal Partnership and BQA (Beef Quality Assurance certified. These certifications address the humane treatment of animals.

Since Brasstown Beef clearly advertises their beef has “no antibiotics”, I asked Ridgefield’s ranch manager Tim Dietz what would happen if one of the “feeder” steers  got sick and needed antibiotics.  “If an animal is sick they would be separated from the herd and identified with a special ear tag so it doesn’t spread to the others. It’s so important to us to have an on-call vet who can help us address these things quickly.  If the animal ends up needing antibiotics,  then they get that care but then we sell them at auction and they don’t remain on the farm. Our priority is to have healthy cattle and a healthy herd and to try and prevent illness.”

Note: USDA regulations require that if animals are given  antibiotics  there must be a  withdrawal period before that animal can enter the food supply. This is an established amount of time that it takes for an antibiotic to clear the animal’s system.  Each antibiotic has a specified withdrawal period which must be observed to ensure safe food supplies. 

Tim also explained that the cattle are given vaccines to protect them from diseases. It could devastate a farm or ranch if disease spread through a herd and made animals sick or caused their death. ”You would protect your child or your pets from diseases with vaccines, right? ”

Based on a visit to Brasstown Beef (supplier for Ingles Markets). For entire post:

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

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