Environment

Research on the interface between beef production and the environment in which it is produced is important to providing producers the tools and knowledge they need to be optimal stewards of their land.  Research also demonstrates the environmental benefits of cattle production by measuring its contributions to plant and animal biodiversity, carbon sequestration, reduced soil erosion and watershed protection.  Research in this area also supports the advancement of science-based regulations.

Further research is needed to better understand and demonstrate the positive impacts beef cattle have on the environment and improve management practices, including manure management, to prevent or mitigate the Canadian beef industry’s environmental footprint.

In addition to research outlined below, advancements in feed efficiency and forage and grassland productivity also contribute to environmental sustainability.

Environmental Footprint of Beef Production

Grazing cattle are an integral part of the grassland ecosystem and play an important role in nutrient recycling. Pasture lands are important stores of carbon and provide habitat to many species at risk as well as preservation of wetlands that otherwise may be subject to cultivation. Production of cattle in feedlots lowers the carbon footprint of beef and increases the efficiency of beef production. As with any food production system, there is an environmental footprint associated with beef production.  Read More...

Manure and Nutrient Management

Cattle manure is a valuable resource in agriculture when utilized properly. On an annual basis, approximately 3.4 million hectares of land in Canada receives animal manure as an amendment to improve soil fertility and quality for crop growth. Manure from cattle contains macronutrients and micronutrients that plants need. It also has considerable amounts of organic matter that can improve soil tilth. Land application of cattle manure is an effective way of recycling nutrients. As such, cattle manure that is hauled out and applied to farm fields or deposited directly by grazing or overwintered cattle reduces reliance on commercial fertilizers and helps to sustain land productivity. Read More...

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