See how Louisiana beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Dave Daigle comes from a long line of Cajun cattle ranchers, so it was only natural that in 1983 he established Daigle Farms in southwest Louisiana. With an education as an environmental scientist and experience working for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Dave has extensive knowledge regarding conservation that he applies to his own land. Daigle Farms focuses on the concept of integrated resource management, which entails planning and decision-making to optimize long-term sustainable benefits. As part of this management system, Dave utilizes fire and grazing management, two historical tools appropriate to the ecosystem. Dave also works closely with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to install ponds and works with multiple wildlife agencies to create habitats for endangered species, such as the Red-Cockcaded Woodpecker. For their dedication to protecting and admiring nature and its resources, Daigle Farms was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"It adds a level of quality of life that no business plan can incorporate. There's not a day that goes by, not a one, that we don't marvel at the wonders of nature here." - Dave Daigle, Owner, Daigle Farms
From cow-calf operations to feedlots, pastures to packing plants, it takes a team of specialists to bring beef from pasture to plate. Learn more about the raising beef process as we travel across the country talking to real, modern ranchers about how they care for the cattle, what inspires them and why they work so hard day after day.
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