Antibiotic Stewardship is Not New to Cattle Ranchers

There has been a great deal of discussion lately about how antibiotics are used in raising livestock. The reality is that farmers and ranchers take antibiotic use in livestock very seriously and continuously evaluate the way they use antibiotics based on the best possible science. In fact, for nearly 30 years, there have been quality […]

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Antibiotic Use in Cattle 101

Myth: Big beef uses antibiotics without regard for animal welfare or human health. Facts: Antibiotics are just one tool beef farmers and ranchers use to keep cattle healthy by treating and preventing the spread of illness. Cattle can pick up illnesses, just like humans, whether they’re out on pasture or in a feedlot with other […]


Investment in Safety Means Beef is Safer From E.Coli

Myth:  Recent E. coli recalls of beef means beef is less safe today than it used to be. News about recalls of beef because of E. coli may cause concern that beef is not as safe today as it once was. In reality, improvements by the beef community mean that beef is safer today and […]

This is a typical blade (or needle) tenderizer, which breaks down muscle fibers to make even more tender beef.

Why Am I Hearing About “Mechanically Tenderized” Beef?

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been “mechanically tenderized.” Restaurants, retailers, food service facilities, beef purveyors and their patrons will now have even more information about the beef products they are buying, as well as […]

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Meet Your Rancher: Rodney and Sadie Derstein – Kismet, KS

Rancher(s): Rodney and Sadie Derstein Location: Kismet, Kansas Ages: Rodney, 31 –  Sadie, 26 Segment: Backgrounding Operation Name: Cimarron River Cattle Company     Facts About Beef (FAB): Tell us a little bit about your operation and what you do at Cimarron River Cattle Company. Sadie Derstein (SD): We are a custom backgrounding operation, which […]

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5 Fast Facts About the New FDA Antibiotics Guidelines

When it comes to healthy animals, no one cares more than farmers and ranchers. The beef that farmers and ranchers raise and sell to restaurants and supermarkets is the same beef they feed their own families, so it’s no surprise that they want the best care for their livestock to ensure everyone has safe, healthy beef.

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Would Removing Beef from the Diet Actually Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Ashley Broocks, Emily Andreini, Megan Rolf, Ph.D., and Sara Place, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University This is a topic of discussion within the beef industry. The following article does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Beef Checkoff or the US Department of Agriculture.  Many people have suggested that removing beef from the human diet could significantly […]

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Benefits of Public Lands Grazing in Cattle Ranching

Public lands grazing is an important component of cattle ranching, environmental preservation and wildlife conservation. Ranchers who graze their cattle on public lands are stewards of the land and help manage millions of acres of public lands. However, many people might not know how public lands grazing came about or how it works on a […]