Raising Animals for Meat

  • Conversion of Muscle to Meat

    Aug 15, 2018
    Many changes occur in the conversion of muscle to meat. Check out the article below to learn more.
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  • All Beef Is Grass Fed

    Aug 24, 2017
    In today’s marketplace, farmers and ranchers are providing consumers with a variety of beef options including grass fed and grain fed. However, despite these different labels, one thing remains the same. Virtually all cattle are grass fed for a majority of their life.
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  • We see and hear lots of claims about meat being ‘antibiotic free.’

    Aug 08, 2017
    Actually, all meat is antibiotic free. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests products to make sure they are free of antibiotic residues. Multiple checkpoints are used to ensure the meat entering the food chain is safe for consumers to eat.
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  • Misleading claims of “Hormone Free” or “Antibiotic Free”

    Jun 08, 2017
    Hormones help animals grow, reproduce, and maintain the body’s daily functions; therefore, any animal product, from meat, to milk or eggs, contains naturally-occurring hormones.
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  • 3 Ways to Fight Food Waste, In and Out of Your Kitchen

    May 23, 2017
    Every year, billions of pounds of good food go to waste in the U.S. because home cooks are not sure of the quality or safety of items. USDA estimates that 21% of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. In total, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month at the retail and consumer levels!
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  • The Truth About Antibiotics

    May 17, 2017
    Information is often thrown around in the news about antibiotics in meats and what that means for the consumer. Many of these sources claim that animals used for slaughter are constantly being pumped with antibiotics to promote growth and other valuable characteristics. In reality, the main reasons antibiotics are used is to keep the animals healthy.
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  • Grass or Grain? You decide

    May 17, 2017
    When looking at the meat counter, your choices when buying beef seem endless. Not only do you have to pick out the cut of beef but you also have the options on how that beef was raised. No matter what type of beef you pick, educate yourself about your options and what your lifestyle best.
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  • The Impact of Beef on the Environment

    May 10, 2017
    According to Dr. Capper, animal agriculture contributes to 3.1% of the total US carbon footprint.
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  • Rendering is Recycling!

    Apr 12, 2017
    The North American rendering industry renders and recycles approximately 59 billion pounds of inedible animal by-products annually.
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  • The Myth Behind Meatless Monday

    Apr 06, 2017
    Many think meatless Monday is a thing of the past, when in reality the campaign has only gained popularity over the past years. Most of the popularity has been fueled by celebrities and popular blogging websites posting their favorite meatless Monday recipes. One of the reasons people choose to participate in the campaign is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their carbon footprint.
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  • Pork Production: Farrow to Finish Process

    Mar 09, 2017
    On average Americans eat around 49 lbs. of pork per person each year. How does all that product end up on your plate? Unlike the beef industry, pork production is very fast paced and always changing rapidly.
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  • Pasture to Plate Series: Feedlot

    Feb 23, 2017
    Entering the feedlot is the final step for beef animals before they are slaughtered. In this step the animals are fed a high energy diet until they reach their goal weight. Find out what they eat and more in this article.
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  • Pasture to Plate Series: Cow/Calf Operation

    Feb 09, 2017
    Most beef cattle begin their lives on a farm or ranch known as a cow/calf operation. The rancher on a cow/calf operation makes decisions on breeding the cow, delivering the calf, and raising the calf until it is ready to be sold. These farms may be very large with hundreds of cows and calves or very small with only a few cows and calves. The average beef herd in the USA has about 40 cows. Many times, cows are only part of a rancher’s income, and they may have another job or other farming enterprises, such as crops or chicken houses.
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  • Insight into the Meat Industry

    Jun 02, 2016
    The barrier preventing consumers from understanding what happens in a meat plant is now being removed in an effort by the industry to be more transparent to the consumers.
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  • Animal Welfare in Meat Plants

    May 25, 2016
    You can find just about anything on the internet with a few quick clicks. One thing you may come across is myths about meat inspection or the lack of it in the meat industry.
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  • Livestock Environmental Impact - The Facts

    May 18, 2016
    Global warming and increased greenhouse gas emissions are often blamed on animal agriculture. Some even claim that livestock are contributing more than cars and transportation. This notion was sparked from a statement that was released by the United Nations.
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  • From Cattle Drive to Train: A Historical Perspective on the Meat Industry

    Apr 25, 2016
    In the 1490s, Columbus brought cattle with him on his second trip to the West Indies. Soon after that, cattle were brought by ship to Florida and Texas. The cattle business was on its way to becoming an important part of the American Economy.
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  • Common Meat Industry Terms

    Apr 21, 2016
    As the majority of the population becomes more removed from the farm, there is a greater need for those involved in agriculture to provide informational resources and learning opportunities to the consumer.
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  • Poultry & The Hormone Myth

    Mar 14, 2016
    One of the most common, and frustrating, questions for U.S. poultry producers is why hormones are used to produce today's poultry products, the actual answer is NO HORMONES are used.
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  • What are animal byproducts?

    Nov 20, 2015
    Animal byproducts, or offal, may not make up the real “heart” of the U.S. meat industry, given that the multiple uses for inedible animal byproducts are not often considered.
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Video Podcasts and Webinars

  • Grass or grain? Is there a definitively sustainable beef production system?


    The webinar examined the science relating to grass-fed and grain-fed beef in terms of sustainable... read more »

  • 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Update


    Kris Sollid, Registered Dietitian with the International Food Information Council and Sarah Romo... read more »

  • Meat in the Diet


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