The Carbon Hoofprint of Beef
February 08, 2018
Did you know the carbon footprint of beef raised in the U.S. is the lowest in the world? Sustainability and careful stewardship of land, water and other resources has been a priority for beef farmers for decades – and it’s paying off.
Before your mind goes to GMOs, let us point out that animal genetics are never “genetically modified” like some plants are. When we talk about genetics with animals, we’re talking about selective breeding. Through decades of selectively breeding for certain characteristics, cattle have become more efficient to feed, which makes the process of raising them more sustainable.
Did you know animals have nutritionists, too? Farmers work with these experts to create a blend of feed ingredients that make every bite nutritionally perfect for the cattle. With quality feed from local sources, raising cattle is a valuable part of a sustainable farming community.
Through programs like Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) protocols – an industry-developed program that provides the latest cattle management techniques – farmers and ranchers are learning and implementing farm practices that improve sustainability and decrease their carbon footprint.
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