Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Currently, more than 700,000 cattle farms and ranches in the United States, with an average herd size of 40 cattle, produce 19 percent of the world's beef. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate.
Beef is nourishing and sustainable. It promotes health and helps prevent nutrient deficiencies. Environmentally, cattle play a unique role in our food system because they upgrade inedible plants to high-quality protein. Most people are already eating beef within global dietary guidelines, so we believe the biggest opportunity for a healthy sustainable diet will come from reducing food waste, including beef, eating fewer empty calories and enjoying more balanced meals.
Cattle farmers and ranchers have many tools to keep the animals in their care healthy and safe, including nutrition programs, veterinary care, facilities that ensure comfort, and good management practices, such as low-stress handling, vaccines and antibiotics, when necessary. No matter the tool, when it comes to animal health, the practices are science-based, regulated and, above all, good for the animal and the consumer.
The Harris family takes pride and understands the importance in caring for each individual animal on their farm, which is why their relationship with their veterinarian is important.
Dr. Lyda Garcia has dedicated her life to educating students and farmers on producing high quality beef for consumers. Learn more about the knowledge invested in raising beef, from the pasture to the plate.
As fifth-generation farmers, the Leedy family is transitioning into a larger role as they take full responsibility of their family's 1,000 head commercial heifer operation near Eaton, Ohio.
Taking care of the cattle is a family affair for the Benders of Lexington, Ohio. As advocates for the importance of education and strong consumer relationships, the family willingly shares the practices of their farm and the data that supports their decisions day-to-day.
The Erf’s carry a family legacy with them as they work to do something they love – raise cattle and maintain the family operation outside Bellevue they’ve been entrusted with for generations to come.
As a multifamily operation in Bidwell, the Vollborns are cultivating a rich history of hardwork and sustainability, always keeping family at the heart of their operation.
To the beef community, sustainability involves more than environmental considerations. A sustainable food supply balances efficient production with environmental, social and economic impacts.
Across the journey of raising beef, one primary thing remains constant – the beef community’s shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.
Explore the essential function that safety plays across the beef lifecycle journey – from the cattle ranches across the U.S., to the meat processing plants, to your kitchen table.