Omaha Steaks announces plans to give cows 18 weeks maternity leave

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OMAHA, NE—Stating that the new welfare program would give cattle valuable time away from the slaughterhouse, international meat retailer Omaha Steaks announced Tuesday that it will begin offering 18 weeks of maternity leave to its cows . “As of today, if a member of our herd calves, she may take up to four and a half months to rest, recover and bond with her brand new calf before returning to work to become a delicious slice of beef,” said Omaha Steaks CEO Todd Simon, adding that the pilot program, which put dozens of new mothers out on pasture, helped cattle maintain their high fat standards, of marbling and fork tenderness on its return. “Gone are the days of giving birth and being immediately prompted to produce our juicy, vacuum-packed, ready-to-cook cuts of tenderloin, T-bone and rib eye. At Omaha Steaks, we understand that when cows spend quality time with their young, it results in better beef, better flavor and higher customer satisfaction rates. Plus, it’s better for the calves, which after 18 weeks are pushed into a tiny crate for our award-winning calf. Simon went on to say that Omaha Steaks also launched a paternity leave program that allowed bulls to take off six weeks for every 1,000 cows their semen was used to impregnate.

Dino S. Williams