I've always lived in a rural community, currently I live next to a pasture. There was a feed lot right outside of the town I grew up in. I agree the feed lots are rather gross... too many animals in too small of a space -but not all of the ranchers here use those.
I don't really see how the animals are raised as being wrong, where else would you keep cattle but on several acres of land? Longhorn and bison are also common in this state so maybe my perception is off - though Oklahoma is a big beef producer.
You should keep animals on land, with access to fresh grass in season and space to roam, letting them raise their own calves. But that cuts into profit margins, to be natural. So most mass producers don't do this at all. Instead, the cows live their lives overcrowded or cramped in warehouses with concrete or mud and overseen by people who are don't usually put the needs to the animals first, it is about profit and speed.
There is a big difference between raising cows naturally and farming the cows for meat or milk in mass numbers for only profit.
Like you, I still do and have always lived in a rural community. Right now I am staring out a window at several horses in a pasture and beyond that a cow pasture, this is my norm.
I also know this as I was raised within walking distance of my grandparents, who owned a working dairy farm and also produced meat. The land is still in the family and the cows are still fed. I have seen the difference personally. And all the family members of mine can taste the difference as well.
I don't eat cows and haven't for decades, but I do drink milk and eat cheese and eat other meat, like fish. My family eats beef. I do care about what hormones, chemicals were pumped into the cows, I care that they are given room to roam and not just crammed into a small space treated like they are not living beings, and I care about the genetics behind the cow too, for instance, I don't care for genetically modified meat. What I was just saying is that many people who eat these meats don't see what goes on behind the scenes when they pick up that neatly packaged pound of meat in the clean grocery store, if they did, they might make difference choices.