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Improving Efficiency Key To Sustainable Beef Production Says Dr. Clay Mathis, Director of King Ranch Institute For Ranch Management

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:51:55 CDT

Improving Efficiency Key To Sustainable Beef Production Says Dr. Clay Mathis, Director of King Ranch Institute For Ranch Management Improving efficiency is the key to sustainability on todayís ranch said Dr. Clay Mathis, Director of the King Ranch institute for ranch management at Texas A & M-Kingsville. Mathis was a featured speaker at last monthís Beef Improvement Federationís virtual conference.

We have to start by looking at some of the trends associated with sustainability in the beef industry, Mathis said.

Some of these trends Mathis identified years ago and suggested are still applicable today.

The trends include urban sprawl, growing population, increasing regulations, higher land values and more complex business management practices.

Mathis said there are also trends at the ranch level that producers can adjust to. These trends include more climate variability and droughts and increasing commodity and input costs.

An increase in land values has a significant impact at the ranch level, he said.

Also, the lack of skilled labor for the ranch or at least an increase in the cost to hire individuals with the required skill set, Mathis said.

At the heart of sustainable beef production is the ability to make a profit, he said.

As we increase profitability, we increase the incentive to produce beef which incentivizes improved management, he said.

By improving efficiency, we can decrease cost of production, he said.

As we look at this reinforcing loop, we have done very well at improving management and production, he said, because we have had to, he said.

Have we reached the limit of efficiency? Maybe not but we have to work extremely hard from this point forward, Mathis said.

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