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Cattle Are Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem, Explains Dr. Sara Place, Elanco Animal Health

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 07:59:41 CDT

Cattle Are Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem, Explains Dr. Sara Place, Elanco Animal Health Sustainability can sometimes be a controversial topic among cattle producers and Dr. Sara Place, chief sustainability officer with Elanco Animal Health, Inc. believes it's because some people don't understand what it means.

The former Oklahoma State University animal scientist and NCBA staff person, was recently interviewed by KC Shepherd, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network associate farm director.

Place said she has concerns about how some people perceive the term sustainability in regard to the beef cattle industry.

What we see over and over again are topics such as climate change and beef production, Place said. Just two percent in greenhouse gas emissions come from cattle, but that is not what we hear.

That is the key change in this perception that animal agriculture is competitive and this concept of upcycling, Place said.

Livestock take things of little use to people and they make higher quality products, so people need cattle, she said.

Even if you are a vegetarian you need cattle.

The reality is agriculture is all tied together, Place said.

The animal scientist said cattle are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

We see the science of upcycling and using food byproducts, she said. We know we can produce more beef and milk with the same size herd without adding more methane to the atmosphere, she said.

To fully understand upcycling, Place explained agriculture is basically a solar powered industry and cattle take things like grass, that people can't eat, and upgrade that to something we can eat.

Livestock concentrate nutrients and add value to plants.

The protein quality is over two times greater in beef than what the cows eat, Place said.

That's why we domesticated these critters in the first place, she said.

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