Cattlemen's Stewardship Review

The Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review (CSR) is a first-of-its-kind look at our influence on communities, the economy, public health and the environment. 

Our jobs as cattlemen are complex. It’s not just about beef, but how we care for our animals, protect natural resources, contribute to public health and participate in our communities and the larger economy. It’s a well-known fact that we’re becoming very removed from the source of our food in this country; we now rely on less than 2 percent of our population to raise the food for consumers here in the U.S. and abroad. 

In response to increased interest in who raises beef and how they raise it, U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers invested their beef checkoff dollars to compile a thorough look at how the beef community works together to bring beef from our pastures to your plates. 

We see this review as an opportunity to reconnect with our customers on the most important aspects of our daily jobs; and a chance to share our vision and values, which we think many folks will find surprisingly similar to their own. We want people to know who we are as cattlemen and what we do. This is a unique report—it’s not about a company or organization, it’s about a community of small, independent, family-business owners whose goals are to meet the long-term food and nutritional needs of consumers around the world. 

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About Raising Beef Today:

  • U.S. cattlemen provide 20 percent of the world’s beef with only 7 percent of the world’s cattle, meaning that we can help feed a growing population with the valuable nutrients found in beef.  
  • More than 90 percent of feedyard cattle raised in the U.S. today are influenced by Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), a checkoff-funded program that sets guidelines for animal care and handling. 
  • Between 1977 and 2007 the “carbon footprint” of beef shrank 18 percent as farmers and ranchers raised 13 percent more beef with 13 percent fewer cattle. When compared to 1977, each pound of beef raised in 2007 used 20 percent less feed, 30 percent less land, 14 percent less water and 9 percent less fossil-fuel energy.
  • Environmental efforts by cattle farmers and ranchers help manage and protect more than 500 million acres of permanent grassland and a variety of wildlife and endangered species.
  • Nearly one-half of cattle farmers and ranchers volunteer with youth organizations and more than one-third donate their time to other civic organizations, compared to a national average of 7 percent of all Americans.
  • Grazing animals on land not suitable for producing crops more than doubles the land area that can be used to produce food. If 1955 technology were used to produce the amount of beef raised today, 165 million more acres of land would be needed - that's about the size of Texas!