Beef Sustainability Research


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U.S. Cattle Production Sustainability Overview

This two-page executive summary puts into context the science supporting U.S. beef cattle sustainability, including greenhouse gas emissions, upcycling, and the ecosystem services to the country uniquely contributed by U.S. cattle.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, Executive Summary, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Upcycling

Published: 2019

Sustainability Assessment of U.S. Beef Production Systems

As the young and dynamic field of sustainability science continues to evolve, there is a need to adapt and update the methodologies used in life cycle and broader sustainability assessments of the beef industry. Consequently, this project updated and expanded the original Eco-efficiency Analysis to the SimaPro™ computational platform, providing the framework for open and transparent assessment of sustainability metrics for the beef industry, and enabling rapid updating of data as well as scenario testing in the future. This work also established the relative contribution of the beef production sector to the national and regional economies.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2017

Water Quality and Beef Sustainability

Cattle, like all animals excrete nutrients and microorganisms that can be pollutants at significant concentrations. This executive summary describes the management practices that are used to protect surface waters from these pollutants in cattle operations.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Water

Published: 2017

Ecosystem Services: A Social and Economic Survey of Ranchers in the Western United States

In addition to high-quality protein, ranchers in all regions of the country actively provide ecosystem services to society at large including wildlife habitat, open space, clean water, biodiversity, and hunting and fishing opportunities. This executive summary describes the multiple benefits realized by society from each acre of land under the care of ranchers in the Western United States.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Grazing, Land

Published: 2017

Sustainability Executive Summary

Ensuring a sustainable food supply is undoubtedly one of the greatest societal challenges. By 2050, 70 percent more food will be required to feed the growing population and all agricultural production will be needed to meet the increasing demand.

Tags: Air Emissions, Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, GHG, Land, Life Cycle Assessment, Water

Published: 2014


Do Growth Promotants Reduce Environmental Impact?

This checkoff-funded fact sheet explains how growth promoting technologies can reduce the environmental impact of beef production by decreasing the number of cattle required to produce a given amount of beef.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Sustainability Animated Infographic, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2019

How does upcycling relate to beef production?

Cattle upcycle low-quality human-inedible feeds, that some other animals or humans cannot consume (i.e., forages), and convert them into a high-quality, high-protein product in the form of beef. Utilizing cattle and their upcycling capabilities provides benefits to society, the land and the sustainable production of livestock.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2019

Characteristics of Beef Cattle Operations in the East

The Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment has been expanded to include data collection from the seven cattle-producing regions across the country. This fact sheet provides an overview of beef cattle production obtained from online surveys and onsite visits to ranches and feedlots in the final two of the seven cattle-producing regions: The Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) and the Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia).

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2018

How does productivity affect sustainability?

Productivity is a powerful tool to improve the sustainability of food production, including beef, in the face of a growing population and increasing food demand. This checkoff-funded fact sheet explains how the global impact of beef production could likely be dramatically reduced if other countries could achieve the same productivity as U.S. beef, the most efficient beef production system in the world.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, GHG, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2018

How does beef fit into a sustainable food system?

Beef cattle play a unique role in a sustainable food system by upcycling – they consume plants and byproduct feeds of lower value and upgrade them to high-quality protein.
Additionally, cattle can graze and consume feeds that are grown on land that is unsuitable for cultivation, thereby expanding the land base available for food production.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Grazing, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017