As a cattle producer and food provider, I would like to address Julie Mehans letter (Herald, March 25).
Her attack on U.S. food production is grossly inaccurate and flat-out inflammatory. For example, most beef cattle will spend about four to six months in a feed yard, where they are fed a grain-based diet. The feed rations they are fed are balanced by a nutritionist to meet the animals dietary needs. Not only do these cattle have plenty of room for exercise, but they also are examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis to ensure their health and well-being.
As for her accusations of our food supply being saturated with chemicals, she is once again either misinformed or attempting to misinform readers. By law, no meat sold in the U.S. is allowed to contain antibiotic residues that violate Food and Drug Administration standards. As a beef consumer, I am constantly concerned with the wholesomeness and healthfulness of the beef I produce for my family and yours. As a rancher, I take great care to ensure I am raising a healthy, wholesome, nutritious product.
Being among the 2 percent of Americans who provide food for the United States and the world, I am honored to have someone such as Rep. J. Paul Brown looking out for my interests and those for whom I provide food.
The livestock industry, as well as other food producers, is constantly under attack from anti-agriculture activists, making it more and more difficult to provide food to the world. So next time Mehan eats, I hope she takes a moment to thank the farmers and ranchers who are providing her safe, wholesome, nutritious food rather than contemplating her next serving of misinformed propaganda.
Wayne Buck, Ignacio