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Jimmy Nicholas: The case for local beef

First off, thank you for your opinion. I disagree with you on a couple things though – or should I say I agree with you on one point: St. Patrick is cute as heck! Now a couple quick points: St. Patrick is a Scottish Highland bull calf (and yes, it seems he will soon be a steer for sale and consumption). Highland cattle are the oldest recorded domesticated bovine, with archeological history as far back as the 7th century. Domesticated for human consumption, they are extremely adapted to life in the highlands, or the High Country, as we know it – hence the thick coat of fur (which also makes them incredibly cute).

That makes it easier and cheaper for the farmer, which equals a more sustainable food source for local people who need it. I am excited that there is a place to buy excellent natural beef so close to home. We are all doomed, as the average distance your food travels, to your supermarket, is about 1,200 miles or so – unless we do something locally about it soon.


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