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What are the disadvantages of free range farming?
The disadvantages of free-range livestock production is as follows:
- Risk of death-loss from predation: animals are more likely to die or be killed from predators because they are out fending for themselves than animals that are confined indoors or in confined animal feeding operations.
- More land is needed per animal, or as far as per lb of meat, milk or per egg is concerned, more acres or hectares are needed to produce that product than what is needed in CAFO operations.
- More planning is necessary for animals being raised in an intensive rotational grazing system, or when grazing animals in a certain area for a certain period of time. Animals cannot be simply let out to eat whatever they want otherwise the pasture may become decimated, overgrazed or overgrown, depending on the species being used.
- A scientific study done by the FAO reports that ruminants grazed on grass or fed a higher-roughage diet tend to release more methane than if they were fed a high-concentrate diet of grain.
- Animals raised using free-range livestock production are often no different from those raised on CAFO operations. Holsteins and Jerseys are still used for producing milk when rotationally grazed for production "natural milk," for instance.
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Free range farming when it involves chickens can mean many different things. It can mean the hens are not kept in cages but in a large building, it can mean they are allowed i…nto an outside wired enclosure or it can mean the chickens are loose to wander all over the farmyard. many people believe the free range hen is happier and thus produces better quality eggs. Farmers often charge more for a free range egg than one from a battery farm or intensive egg production facility. Free range of any kind means the animal leads a life closer to its natural environment doing what it does best. If you want true free range meat look for a grass fed or pasture raised label.
The advantages to free-range livestock production are as follows: Animals are free to move around as they please and are not confined to small, cramped spacesAnimals are free… to socialize with others of their kind as they pleaseLivestock are not fed a high concentrate ration every day, and instead are allowed to roam freely to find their own food to eatThere is an increased health and welfare of animals due to a more natural diet and natural way of living Less labor (relatively speaking, though some part of free-range is actually more laborious than what is involved in CAFO operations), machinery, fuel, fertilizer, capital, and even vet costs when animals are being allowed free-range. Animals are not implanted with hormones or fed sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics. Antibiotics are only reserved for animals that are sick with some form of bacterial infection.
Potential losses to predatorsSmaller number of animals raised per unit of area Take longer to reach market weightLarger area of land needed to raise the same number of animal…s that would be raised in CAFOs
True free range chickens like the kind you find on my farm have few disadvantages, however loss of stock through predators is about the biggest problem. Chickens like to wande…r everywhere and often keeping track of them is problematic. They sometimes decide to lay their egg other than in the nests provided in the shelter/coop which can reduce the normal daily collection. So that I can control the correct nutritional needs of the hens I only allow the hens out of the enclosure after morning feeding. Most of the hens wander back to the laying boxes when they feel the need but sometimes a hen will "go broody" in a hay pile or behind an unused piece of equipment and then surprise us with a few new chicks. If you have a garden or a nicely trimmed lawn, they will mostlikely tear it up. Also, they will dig up holes as to have a methodof dust bathing. Poop will be everywhere. They are at more risk forpredators as well.
Loss to predators is one of the main problems for a free range flock. Misplaced eggs are another, hens usually will go back to the nesting boxes but occasionally will lay un…der a bush or make a nest in a hay stack. Slightly less of a problem can be nutritional , as the birds tend to eat less of the balanced feed provided and fill up on "findings" around the farm. Solution to this is to allow free range after early morning feeding and re-feed when they head back to the chicken coop in the evenings.
the advantages of free range farming is that free range the hens can free move and that the hans can free social with others
To be able to roam within the indoors (not in cages) and also to have the accessibility to run outside. According to the USDA any chicken can be called free range if they hav…e acces to the outside. The commercially raised chickens who reach market weight in 6 weeks instead of 42+ days are in such poor conditions that they are unable to walk, are have no room to move around, are next to the chickens who died from the poor conditions and excess weight (they are morbidly obese chickens) or are scared to go into the dirt lot because they have spent their whole life in a dark tunnel or one with 24/7 artificial light. Some only have a screen to look through for a few hours a day. If you buy from a major producer and they package say free range then it really isn't. Many small family farmers not label their true free range and often organic chickens as pastured raised. If you buy direct or from a reputably local butcher who buys from the local farmers then you will know how the chickens are raised. You will also know of the other animals these farmers raise are treated.
they are free to go where they want
More land is needed to produce the same agricultural product than what is needed to produce a conventional product. Plus, often more management preparations and labour is need…ed to produce a product free-range (i.e., rotational grazing cattle so that you're switching pastures 6 times a day). There is also more risk of losing livestock to predators and to the elements (extreme weather conditions). As far as the economics of scale is concerned, anything that is organic or free-range is higher in price than conventional products (that obviously take more machinery and inputs to produce).
Free-Range for - Space to roam freely, organic, no pesticieds used, higher quality produce. Against- More expensive, and hard to find open space for it
Oh it IS. It is one of the biggest economic sources out there. Major food companies (McDonald's, Burger King, etc...) make a handsome profit off of chicken. I don't know where… you got the idea that free range chicken farming isn't economically viable, but just take this from someone who lives in the poultry capital of the WORLD. It is, and probably aways will be, one of the most profitable markets out there.
Free range chicken farming provides eggs that have better taste and a lot richer colored egg yolks. The meat also has a better taste and it is a more humane way of farming. Fr…ee range chickens do require more room and have higher costs but are well worth paying a premium for. Certified organic chickens are the top of the range.
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It is possible that a Christian will view free range farming as a disadvantage and make food too expensive. This is because there is a shortage of areas in which to have f…ree range farming.
I think that like most people, Christians regard free range farming as a good thing and feel that people should buy free range produce where possible.
It's not all that bad because animals have more room to move around and socialize. The negative thing about it is that it takes more land to raise free-range livestock than it… does to raise animals that are in CAFO operations. Some people believe it doesn't exist because most animals are still confined in some way or other, but there's a fine line between being confined to an area for productivity and confined in an area where they still have lots of space to roam.
Battery farm chickens grow faster than free range chickens because they are usually a heavy meat breed to begin with, are hardly given any room to move and thus burn very few …calories, and are kept awake for many of the nighttime hours so that they will eat more feed. Free range chickens, on the other hand, have an easier existence, in which they can roam all over; thrive on a diet that includes grass, bugs, and grain; and sleep while it is dark out. Typically, battery farm chickens in commercial operations are unhealthy and many will die or be culled from the flock long before harvest time, when they are only a few months old. Conversely, when protected from predators, free range chicken flocks are extremely healthy and have a very low, almost imperceptible death rate during the first few years of their lives.
Livestock are much more prone to threats of predation from Nature's predators than if they were in a barn. Also, having them out foraging on their own isn't always in the best… interests of the animals, especially if what they're foraging for doesn't have the greatest nutritional value. You still need to feed the animals anyway, regardless. You also cannot deny free-range animals access to shelter or even not keep them in a barn, coop or shed at night if you don't want them to be killed off by predators. Free-range is for a lot of people still a misnomer, because animals that are raised on confined animal feeding operations (so-called "factory farms") are still or still choose to live in a barn where they feel safest, and the pen outside that is supposed to let them roam free often gets used not at all.