Sunday, March 4, 2012

Free range Australian cattle

There's really not a lot of talk here about free range beef.  There is about eggs, though the availability of those is widespread, but I haven't heard anyone really talk about free range beef.  And here's why.

Cattle in Western Australia are raised on stations (station = ranch).  And it turns out, in WA, an average station is about 1 million acres (1500 sq miles) with about 20,000 head of cattle.  So that's 50 acres per cow.* 

Yep, WA certainly doesn't lack space.  Oh, and cows are mustered (herded) using helicopters.

*I know there's more to ethical animal raising than the amount of space you give an animal to roam around, but that's a whole different discussion.

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