Can genetic performance and herd management decisions in the backgrounder and feedyard sectors not only drive economic outcomes, but also improve environmental outcomes?
This was the question that K·Coe Isom, World Wildlife Fund, and Hy-Plains Feedyard set out to test through a unique assessment process that analyzed the impacts of multiple variables at the backgrounding and feedyard stages on key sustainability outcomes. The pilot project was recently recognized by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) and the preliminary results were presented at a USRSB meeting hosted by Hy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, Kansas on August 22, 2018.
Cow-Calf and Feedyard Analytics Help to Shed Light on Beef Value Chain
The pilot project analyzed multiple years of data across different populations of cattle at Hy-Plains feedyard and assessed numerous metrics aligned to the USRSB priority indicators for the cow-calf and feedyard sectors.
The good news is our initial tests demonstrate that economic and environmental outcomes are not always at odds; to be successful at driving change in the beef industry, they must work in tandem to help ranchers and feedyards demonstrate economic outcomes while improving environmental performance.
K·Coe Isom is immersed within the beef industry. One out of every four head of beef cattle in the U.S. is impacted by our clients. As a founding member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, we know that the demands for information on beef production in the U.S. are growing. Contact our sustainability experts today to learn more.