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Beef Month Right Around the Corner in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/26/2012

The celebration of June Dairy Month will continue into July as Wisconsin cattle producers celebrate Beef Month. Wisconsin Beef Council Director John Freitag says for beef farmers, sustainability means not only preservation of the environment but being able to continually produce beef efficiently.

"America's cattle farmers and ranchers have continuously improved the way we raise cattle," Freitag said. "Environmental sustainability of beef production has improved considerably over the last 30 years."

He says new research shows that the way cattle are raised and fed in the U.S. between 1977 and 2007 yielded 13 percent more total beef from 30 percent fewer animals. When compared to beef production in 1977, each pound of beef produced in modern systems used 33 percent less land, 12 percent less water, 19 percent less feed and 9 percent less fossil fuel energy than equivalent beef production in 1977. Waste outputs were similarly reduced, shrinking the carbon footprint of beef by 16.3 percent in 30 years.

The WBC says cattle are produced in all 50 states by nearly a million different cattlemen, who raise about 33 million head of animals. Wisconsin has slightly more beef producers than dairy producers.

The state's beef checkoff helps local producers by providing an avenue to promote their products to a very large consumer base.

For more information about the Wisconsin Beef Council or to request informational literature, call 800-728-2333.

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