Ranchers, feeders and dairymen must continue to improve production efficiency and tell consumers how these actions decrease the environmental impact of livestock production systems. That will be the message delivered by Washington State University (WSU) Assistant Professor of Dairy Science Jude Capper December 2 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. Her presentation during the Industry Information Session will be sponsored by Elanco.
Born in the U.K., Capper conducted breakthrough research at WSU showing the carbon footprint of livestock has decreased dramatically due to efficiencies gained through genetics and management. She and a team of scientists found there were 13% fewer cattle producing 13% more beef in 2007 than in 1977. The reduction in cattle inventory translated to each pound of beef produced requiring 20% less feed, 30% less land, 14% less water and 9% less fossil fuel energy than 30 years earlier. By producing more beef from fewer cattle, the industry’s total carbon footprint was reduced by 18% from 1977 to 2007. Capper recommends producers emphasize this message in advocacy work with consumers.
Registration information will be sent to members later this month and appear in the November/December Kansas Stockman. In the meantime, KLA members should make room reservations at the Wichita Hyatt Regency, which is convention headquarters, by calling (800) 233-1234. Tell the hotel you’re with KLA to receive the $109/night convention room rate. Rooms also can be reserved for $99/night at the Fairfield Inn by calling (800) 228-2200.
For more information visit www.kla.org.