Occasionally, cattle out on the ranch may incur an eye or hoof injury attributable to grass stems in the foraging areas or a rock or mud getting stuck in the animals’ hooves. Like us, the winter months may result in some animals experiencing the human-equivalent of cold-like symptoms. Leaving these injuries or illness untreated is just not humane in our view, and we will use antibiotics for treatment if necessary to bring the animal back to 100% health.
With that said, we do not process an animal for beef that has been treated with antibiotics unless it has returned to 100% health and been off antibiotic treatment for a minimum of sixty (60) days. This withdrawal period exceeds standard industry guidelines by over two weeks. S Ranch Beef takes pride in how well our herd health is managed and maintained, and our cattle’s health records show that year-after-year, fewer than 5% of our cattle ever receives an antibiotic.