Save

Breeding, Calving, and Trafficking in Conventional Beef Production

In: Society & Animals
Author:
Colter Ellis Department of Sociology, Montana State University Bozeman, MT USA

Search for other papers by Colter Ellis in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

$40.00

Abstract

This article uses qualitative and ethnographic methods to trace the beef production chain. An analysis of bovine artificial insemination, calving, and the trafficking of cattle as commodities reveals the various ways kinship and economic bonds are created between ranchers and cattle. These bonds are dynamic and at different times position cows as capital, calves as babies, and ranchers—both male and female—as inseminators, mothers, and traffickers of nonhuman animal bodies. Looking seriously at the ways love, connection, and kinship operate in the context of cattle production shows how animal treatment is experienced at different stages of production and by different members of the ranch family.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 486 113 15
Full Text Views 67 15 1
PDF Views & Downloads 117 21 3