In February, the Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled nearly nine million pounds of beef slaughtered at its Petaluma, Calif., facility during 2013. This was certainly not the largest meat recall the U.S. had ever seen. But its impact on small, independent ranching operations, particularly those raising grass-fed, antibiotic-free and organic animals, cut deep and wide. For many, an entire year’s worth of meat became trash. And when Rancho shut its doors after the rec
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