Beef is a way of life in Texas, but it’s hard on the planet. This rancher thinks she can change that
By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | Friday, November 17, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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Meredith Ellis does her daily cattle count on her ranch in Rosston, Texas, Wednesday, April 19, 2023. The cattle part as Ellis edges her small four-wheeler through the herd. It's the way she starts most days on her 3,000-acre ranch: ensuring all the cattle are safe, deciding when they should move to another pasture, and checking that the grass is as healthy as her animals. "We're looking for the sweet spot where the land and cattle help each other," Ellis says. "You want to find that balance." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Rancher Meredith Ellis, left, and her father, GC, preview bulls for sale at a cattle auction in Gainesville, Texas, Friday, April 21, 2023. The beef industry is the third-largest economic generator in Texas, contributing roughly $12 billion annually to the state's economy and employing thousands of people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)