The Beef Cattle Institute, along with other stakeholders in our industry such as the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, works with farmers and ranchers to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement of sustainability across the U.S. beef value chain. People often have questions about how their food is produced and where it comes from. Consumers want to feel good about what they choose to eat and how it will help them maintain or improve their own health. And in more recent times, consumers want to know that the beef production system supports the livelihood of farmer and ranchers, minimizes environmental impacts of food production, and ensures welfare of food animals.
Farmers and ranchers have long embraced efficiency and conservation practices that allow them to proudly transfer their operations to the next generation. Even so, there are areas of beef sustainability we need to understand more fully. How can we partner even further and be part of developing a more sustainable, regenerative food system? Attached are articles and research intended to give producers and veterinarians informed insight to be “in the know” and share the amazing story of how beef cattle are part of the sustainability solution.
The Role of Beef in Food Security
Optimum Rangeland Management is Likely Different Depending Upon the Ecosystem
Assessing the Sustainability of Beef Cattle Ranching
Climate-neutral Beef: What does it mean for the producer?
Managing Plant Biodiversity to Increase Ranching Profits
Grazing of Herbivores including Cattle is Essential for Wildlife Success
Impact of Local Food Purchases Depends upon the Product
Cattle are Major Recyclers in the Human Food Supply Chain
Large Herbivores, Whether Bison or Cattle, are Integral Parts of Grassland Ecosystems
Nutritional Technology Impacts Animal Health and Social Sustainability of Beef Production
Changing the Timing of the Spring Calving Season can Increase Economic Sustainability
Regenerative vs. Sustainable Agriculture: What’s the Difference
The Confined Cow-Calf System: Tradeoffs Between Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Intensification of Beef Production Aids in Sustainable Beef Production
Does Beef Production Really Use That Much Water?
Cows are Not the Primary Cause of Recent Increase in Methane
Food, Innovation, Service, & Hospitality Talk
Thinking Beyond Food Waste to Food Recovery
Relevance of Dietary Guidelines for Cattle Producers
Take Care of those Cattle for Me
Reassessing Ruminant Methane Contribution
Mitigating Ruminant Methane Emissions