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Beef cattle are born on cow/calf farms where they are raised with their mothers and live outside on pasture fields. For the last few months before they are ready for market, beef cattle live in feedlots (see inside the barn) where they receive special feed to produce high quality beef.
Look at the drawing to see some ways farmers care for the environment. Farmers plant trees and shrubs to provide shade for animals and homes for wildlife. The trees and grass also serve as a windbreak to keep the soil from being washed away by water or blown away by the wind. Farmers also protect water. In the drawing, a fence keeps animals out of the stream so the water stays clean. Water is pumped to a trough for the animals to drink.