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Friday, April 27, 2012

Dr. Upson Speaks on Sustainability in Beef Production

Dr. Dan Upson, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, Dr. Dan Thomson
Picture taken by: Wrenn Pacheco at our Fall Upson Lecture Series given by Teresa Scanlan

It was my pleasure to sit through another lecture given by Dr. Dan Upson, Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, tonight when a group of food animal veterinarians, veterinary students and college professors got together to learn more about the industry we love to work in - the beef industry.
Dr. Dan Upson lecturing to a group of Bovine Practitioners, future veterinarians and Professors at Kansas State University.

Dr. Upson's talk centered on how we utilize beef cattle to sustainably produce food for the world's people. I summarized a few facts that he brought up and I thought you, as a consumer, would find interesting: 
  • Beef has the ability to provide a very high biological and nutritional protein from the world's most abundant natural resource, grass.
    • grass --> cattle --> people
  • 70% of the Earth’s surface is water
    • Of the 30% of land, only 9% of that land is used for food production
  • This is how many acres of land, on average, it takes to raise 1 beef cow: 
    • In New Mexico – arid land – 160 acres per head
    • In the Kansas Flint Hills – during warm weather – 6-8 acres per head
Veterinarians are dedicated to a lifetime of education and part of that education is how we can help producers of beef cattle provide a safe, nutritious and economically sustainable product for future generations of beef consumers. If you would like to learn more about the veterinarians role in raising animals for food, please comment!


Tera Rooney

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