cattle feeders care for the environment.
Raising beef responsibly has been a top priority for cattle feeders since the beginning. Compared to 1977, today’s cattlemen and women produce the same amount of beef with 33 percent fewer animals. That’s because of better animal health and welfare practices, better animal nutrition and better animal genetics.
Modern beef production greatly reduces the cattle industry’s carbon footprint. In fact, U.S. beef production has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world, and greenhouse gas emissions from cattle only account for 2 percent of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Cattle feeders continue to do more with less. Today's producer uses 33 percent fewer animals, 20 percent less feed, 9 percent less fossil fuels, 30 percent less land and 14 percent less water, all while making 13 percent more beef.
And to help TCFA Feedyard Members become as environmentally proactive as possible, TCFA conducts environmental site assessments that help feedyard managers understand the many federal and state environmental regulations they must comply with. In addition, TCFA offers enhanced environmental services to help feedyards with monitoring, testing and recordkeeping. Additionally, TCFA developed a model Pollution Prevention Plan for feedyards that has become the standard for other industries. All of these are encompassed within TCFA's Environmental Services Program.
And with the world population expected to grow to 10 billion by 2050, cattle feeders will continue to make strides in producing more healthy, sustainable beef while using fewer and fewer natural resources.