Beef Buzz News
Researcher Judd Capper Extols Shrinking Beef Carbon Foot Print- To Address International Livestock Congress in Denver
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 15:27:41 CST
The nation’s cowherd has been shrinking dramatically in recent years, but the beef industry as a whole is producing more beef from fewer animals, yielding important environmental benefits, according to a Washington State University researcher.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes about the Judd Capper Research on Beef's Carbon Footprint.
Even with 30 percent fewer animals, the U.S. beef industry produced 13 percent more total beef in 2007 when compared to 1997.
That means raising a pound of beef in the U.S. today uses significantly fewer natural resources, including land, water, feed and fuel, than in the past, according to Jude Capper. Capper will kick off the International Livestock Congress Tuesday, Jan. 10, with a presentation at the Renaissance Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., in Denver.
We talked about research that was pubhlished last month by Capper on the Beef Buzz for Friday, January 6, 2012. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear that recounting of some of the key points her research as published in the Journal of Animal Science.
At the International Livestock Congress, Capper will lead off a full day of speakers discussing sustainability, international trade, Latin American beef production and technological advances in the beef industry.
Beef production is often bashed as a source of greenhouse gas emissions, fueling gimmicks like Meatless Mondays. But Capper counters the beef backlash with favorable facts. Strides in production efficiency offer good news that hasn’t received the coverage it deserves, she says.
Each pound of beef raised in 2007 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, her study concluded. Waste outputs were similarly reduced, shrinking the carbon footprint of beef production by 16.3 percent over 30 years.
“As we work on solutions for the future, it is important to understand how far the U.S. livestock industry has come in reducing its environmental footprint in the recent past and how this significant reduction was achieved,” she said. “The facts are in. Improved cattle diets in the feedyard and responsible use of science-based technologies to improve the ability of cattle to convert feed to pounds of beef, reduces the amount of land, water and fossil fuels it takes to raise beef.”
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
right-click to download mp3
WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI
Dr. Coover Says Pregnancy Management Key to Profitability Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:12:11 CDT
Profitable Cattle About More Than Genetics, Insight from Dr. Coover Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:58:41 CDT
AgriClear Offers Efficiency and Certainty to Cattle Buyers and Sellers Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:19:16 CDT
Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Help U.S. Beef Producers Gain Market Share Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:25:42 CDT
AgriClear Presents Producers a New Way to Market Cattle with Deal Certainty Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:41:02 CDT
Meat Industry Makes Strides in Food Safety, Dr. Brashears Says More Work Still Needed Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:19:11 CDT
Cow-Calf Confinement: A Viable Way to Grow the U.S. Beef Cowherd Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:39:58 CDT
NCBA Urge Negotiators to Finalize TPP Negotiations This Week in Atlanta Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:00:22 CDT
Mandatory Price Reporting and Grain Standards Reauthorizations Approved by House Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:48:59 CDT
Zelnate Designed to Help the Immune System of a Beef Calf Fight BRD Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:12:28 CDT
Peel Responds to the Cattle Market Downturn Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:35:50 CDT
Peel Believes Heavy Weight Cattle Helping Crash Market Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:54:16 CDT
Tonsor Offers Feedlot Cattle Profitability Forecast, Analyzes Cattle on Feed Report Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:02:15 CDT
Tonsor on Whether the Cattle Markets Have Hit Their Bottom Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:02:35 CDT
COF Placements Come in Under Trade Expectations- Offsetting Another Month of Weak Marketings Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:24:57 CDT
Food Safety and Product Quality Key Drivers of Demand for U.S. Beef Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:16:40 CDT
K-State Study Says Industry Needs to Prioritize Efforts to Grow U.S. Beef Demand Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:14:47 CDT
Battle Over WOTUS Continues in the Courts, NCBA Urges Producers to Contact Their Senators Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:19:48 CDT
Finally a Slowdown in Australia's Beef Production, Exports Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:28:29 CDT
State Beef Checkoff Petition Drive Begins in Oklahoma Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:51:52 CDT
Value-Added Beef Opportunities Arise During Tough Times Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:14:33 CDT
Angus and DNA Traceability Offers a Winning Combination Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:45:54 CDT
Performance Food Group Emphasizes Traceability and Training Through Beef Programs Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:08:14 CDT
Foodservice Distributor Develops Branded Programs to Create Value for Restaurants and Producers Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:27:56 CDT
With Path to Increasing National Beef Checkoff Hard- Secondary State Checkoffs Look Attractive Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:47:45 CDT
K-State Studies Consumer Attitudes Toward Animal Welfare and Their Willingness to Pay Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:36:24 CDT
Peel Says U.S. Herd Expansion Will Continue into 2018 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:10:29 CDT
Peel Addresses Beef Exports, Imports and Feedlots Caught in the Middle Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:33:44 CDT
China's Uncertainty Creates Domino Effect of Fear and Lower Markets Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:50:47 CDT
Opportunities and Risks Ahead for Cattle Producers, Peel Says Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:38:59 CDT
Feeder Cattle Prices Sink Sharply Lower- Decline Blamed on Global Growth Worries Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:38:25 CDT
NCBA Says Canada and Mexico Ready to Retaliate Over COOL Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:57:09 CDT
NCBA Waits for Court Ruling To Stop EPA's Clean Water Rule from Taking Effect Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:00:49 CDT
US Cattle on Feed Up Three Percent Over 2014, Leffler Calls Report Slightly Positive Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:09:43 CDT
K-State's Dan Thomson Says Zilmax Not the Culprit of "Fatigue Cattle Syndrome" Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:22:06 CDT