TCFA has been involved in the discussions surrounding "beef sustainability" for several years. TCFA's goal in these discussions is to represent the interests of cattle feeders, with an emphasis on economic sustainability. For decades, TCFA members have maintained a strong focus and commitment to the other two elements of sustainability, environmental stewardship and community responsibility.

In 2010, the TCFA Board adopted a statement on "Sustainable Growth."

"TCFA defines sustainable growth as a balanced system of animal production that (1) provides a reliable source of safe, wholesome and affordable food for a growing world population; (2) optimizes animal health, animal well-being and productivity through the use of modern technology; (3) conserves the environment and natural resources for current and future generations; (4) provides jobs and supports local communities; and (5) provides for return on investment and industry growth."