Originally Posted by landarc
What?!?! Now, my cousin runs a feeding operation, and you think he should lose money, so you can have a 14 pound brisket? Just let the cattle over-graze, so his pasture is destroyed and he has to fight thistle for the next 5 years?
It's not just the brisket. It's the entire beef. Farmers today try to push the cows (and chickens and pigs and sheep, etc) out the door as fast as they can to maximize profit. These farmers are basically on a schedule and weight is not much of a concern. It's time. Not to mention what farmers are feeding their animals (and plants) these days.
On a properly run beef farm you don't have to worry about thistles or cows over-grazing. Cows should be moved every few days from field-to-field. This allows not only the field to recover, but also allows the cows to be eating fresh, established, green grass, in a way that cows naturally graze.