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Over the past 10 years, the beef and dairy industries have increasingly become a favorite whipping boy among politicians and activists who concern themselves with the climate change issue. While much of this is mere rhetoric, the resulting damage to the industry’s image is nevertheless a real and concerning issue.

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Over recent years, there has been a greater push for “greener” fossil fuel alternatives. Such alternatives include biodiesel and renewable diesel, which are two separate kinds of biomass-derived fuels. Although both fuels are produced from vegetable oils, greases or animal fats, they utilize different production processes that create two different end products.

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While many livestock owners create and employ large undertakings such as methane digesters, a massive project scope isn’t the sole path to support sustainability. The relationship between pollinators and livestock is a worthwhile starting point.

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The U.S. is in its second year of market-affecting drought, particularly for the Western U.S. and the Northern Plains. The situation is severe enough that early weaning and liquidation decisions will actively be made for the cow herd this summer and fall.

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Our industry’s focus has gone from a “war on fat” and portion control, to new targets where carcass size, quality and the amount of tolerated fat waste is a 180-degree turn from 30 years ago. It was during the “war on fat” that the industry started to make a concerted move to value-based marketing.

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Ranchers are stewards of the land, ensuring grasslands and forages are good quality and subsequently providing habitat for wildlife. Marshall Johnson, chief conservation officer for National Audubon Society, says cattle, birds and grasslands form a symbiotic relationship to the point of “no cows, no grass, no birds.”

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Scientists can produce a myoblast precursor to a muscle cell and make something that looks like meat if it’s put on a framework to build a steak or hamburger, but animals do a better job because they have the whole system. Plus, at the same time, they produce hundreds of other good things that humans use every day.