Why Argentina?


WHY ARGENTINA?

Humanely Raised:

The cattle graze freely on a diet provided by nature; on grasses and flora that are easily digested, which is as it should be. The majority of the high quality Angus beef is consumed domestically in Argentina, however, the quality and safety of it has caused an increase in demand internationally.

Due to bans by the Argentina government against feeding meat and bone meal to cattle, concerns about BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) have been dispelled. In fact, Argentina is one of only a few countries left in the world to be considered lowest (negligible) risk by the United States and the World Animal Health Organization.

Additionally, Argentina does not allow added hormones and antibiotics in cattle that will end up in the food chain, for people or their pets. No hormones are given (like the majority of calves in the U.S.), because the beef industry in Argentina is not operated like a huge conglomerate whose only interest is getting the cattle fattened and to market quicker. As far as antibiotics, they pretty much are not needed because they do not have the problems with bacterial contamination and disease, like feed lot cattle experience.

Pasture Finished:

The cattle and hare in Argentina are not only grass-fed, but pasture finished as well. Sadly in comparison, many companies and countries (yes, including the U.S.), claim that the cattle they use are grass-fed, however “pasture-finished” is key. Typically, “grass-fed” only applies to the first several months of their life, then cattle are forced into overcrowded fed lots and fed straw, grains and other foods that nature never meant for cattle to eat (even if they are organic), to fatten them quickly. These are not only difficult for ruminant livestock to digest, but they tend to cause extreme gastro-intestinal discomfort, E-coli bacteria and other medical problems as well.


Environmentally Friendly:

Naturally grazing cattle, roaming on open land allows for sustainability and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. When too many cattle are confined in too small of an area, the result is not only in-humane, it causes excess ammonia, nitrogen, phosphorous, methane, and nitrous ozide to be released, which pollutes the air, soil and ground water. Pasture finished cattle are not eating corn; wheat etc. that have been planted with fossil-fuel based fertilizers and sprayed with pesticides. This is definitely good for the cattle, our pets and our environment.


Quality:

Cattle with NO added Hormones, Steroids, Antibiotics, and not fed Animal By-Products is what we demand for our dog chews, for our customers and this is exactly what the country of Argentina provides.


In Summary:

Argentina is clearly a prime location for raising cattle. The grasslands of the Pampas, with their rich fertile soil, moderate temperatures, and natural water resources, comprise the original eco system that provides a healthy, comfortable lifestyle for the cattle, resulting in healthy, high quality Angus beef. Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world, based on land mass. Having such a huge percentile of unpopulated land allows Argentina to be the fifth largest cattle producer in the world. They are also one of the largest consumers of beef; so much of what is produced is for their domestic market. However, worldwide demand for this premium Angus beef continues to increase exports internationally, amounting to approximately 20% of their overall production. Argentina is a founding member of the United Nations and a world leader in setting greenhouse gas limits. With their governments ban against adding unnecessary, hormones, steroids and antibiotics, and feeding animal by-products, Argentina is a trusted resource for the kind of beef we want our dog chews and treats made from. We’re sure you agree.