Many of the feedlot operators resisted using Zilmax for some time, but almost all have had to get onboard with the change because of market pressures. The beef industry over the past few decades has had great competition from poultry and pork. As a result of this competition and the changing preferences of customers, the beef industry has adopted many practices to produce a leaner more healthful product and promote greater weight gain in less time.
While operating practices of the beef industry have and will continue to diminish the quality of much of the beef we consume, there are alternatives. One major critic of growth promoters such as Zilmax is Certified Angus Beef, a program that emphasizes quality over price. Angus and other European breeds that are corn fed and free of growth stimulants deliver tasty, tender and juicy steaks.
Several years ago, Wayne Cardwell, a neighbor of mine, and I were visiting across the fence. He told me he had a steer in the lot feeding it grain for a few weeks before butchering it. He added, “I may not be a rich man, but I can eat like one.” Now there’s the beef!
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.