Throughout this class I have learned more than I thought that I would. Not being from a ranch or farm, this class did not seem to pertain to me, but was the only one that I could fit. As the class began, I took a likening to the class atmosphere and the discussions that we had. In the discussions, everyone’s opinion was valued and the atmosphere allowed you to feel comfortable saying what you felt and while learning things, I also enjoyed the social aspect of the class. It was an important realization for me that just because I don’t come from a ranch or farm, learning about Home on the Range is important in becoming well rounded, no matter my major I am studying, also, it is my state’s history, which is important to know.
The first thing I would like to talk about is how we read Buffalo for the Brokenheart. I really enjoyed the book and, although I am not sure buffalo are necessarily better than cattle, I liked the idea of preserving wildlife rather than just using the land for profit until it was barren. The majority of people are always going to take what they want and not care for the land or the animals that inhabit it, and that does make me angry. This, of course, brought us into extended discussion about re-wilding, buffalo versus cattle, and prairie grasses. These each taught me many things I did not know.
The process of re-wilding had never occurred to me. Bringing back similar animals to the ones that were in North America many years ago just for the sake of having them back where they came from struck me as a bit of a crazy idea. It was definitely something to think about, however. Even though it would be amazing to see those animals living wild in North America, I have to disagree with it. I think that it would be dangerous for the people living in the area to have those wild species. I can see where the ones who came up with the idea were coming from, but I think that everything and everyone have a time and purpose. Right now, it is people living in North America and I don’t agree that any of them should have to give up their land for re-wilding. They need it to make their living and that should be respected. Now that it has been used for that, it would be very difficult to revert it back to wild land with wild animals.
Another, idea was to have more buffalo than cattle. Buffalo graze the land more evenly and, because they are less domesticated, they are leaner meat. When first hearing about this, I was definitely all for it. As I started thinking about it more, however, I decided that having as many buffalo as cattle would just cause the buffalo to become just as domesticated as the cattle. This would mean that they would probably end up overgrazing the land just as cattle do today. It is mostly the people’s responsibility to rotate the cattle. It is not the cattle’s fault that they graze like they do. Also, if someone is eating red meat, I would assume that they are not too worried about it affecting their health. Therefore the...