On Our Plate: Producing Livestock Sustainably

Posted by on April 3rd, 2017 | 0 Comments »

As our population grows and the global middle class expands, so does the demand for meat, poultry, dairy and other animal products.  As farmers produce more in response to demand, livestock production will emit more methane without technology and practices that can reduce emission. 

This week we are taking a look at how ranchers can raise their livestock in a smarter, greener and more efficient way. The 2016 GAP Report highlights some of these practices, including improving feed for livestock to reduce emissions, while increasing efficiency and improvements in genetic and animal health to increase productivity per animal and reduce the number of livestock needed to meet demand.

In addition, ranchers face numerous challenges and uncertainties, such as the wildfires that killed tens of thousands of cattle in the American Midwest and potential changes to trade relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

 Read the articles below to find out more. 


“Smart Barn” technology brings precision to animal agriculture
Ohio’s Country Journal, February 7, 2017

Great Brook State Farm Park Smart Barn (video)
MA Dairy, July 12, 2012

 The March 2017 Panhandle Fires (video)
Arable Media, March 24, 2017

Iowa cattle producers make hay to help Midwest wildfire victims
The Des Moines Register, March 28, 2017

US ranchers saddle up for trade battle with Washington
BBC News, March 22, 2017

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