The Legacy of Cattle in Colorado DVD

The Legacy of Cattle in Colorado DVD gives an insight into the cattle industry in Colorado. Some of the topics are listed below with videos supporting each topic. To view the videos from the DVD, click here.


Beef producers are endless recyclers.
Cattle naturally harness solar power, converting grass and forage into valuable products for consumers - everything from leather and life-saving medical products to high-quality beef. They feed their cattle distillers grains, potato and other vegetable by-products - all of which would otherwise go to waste and be hauled into landfills. Cattle manure is converted into compost, which is spread onto pastures, fields and sold to consumers to improve soils and nutrients for plant growth. Finally, their pastures, range and farmland act as carbon filters around Colorado’s towns and cities, scrubbing the air of carbon and other greenhouse gases emitted by cars, factories and other urban activities. In fact, U.S. agriculture contributes less than six percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and preserves range, open spaces and farmland to protect the environmental sustainability of Colorado.

Open Space and Wildlife

Cattlemen are the foundation in protecting Colorado’s open lands, natural landscapes and wildlife.
Colorado farmers and ranchers use tools like conservation easements to protect ranchland from development and urbanization. More than 2 million acres have been protected in Colorado by easements. These lands will remain as open space forever, a treasured natural and environmental heritage for all to enjoy.
Ranches also provide habitat for 75 percent of the state’s wildlife. Species such as elk, deer, sage grouse, songbirds and waterfowl benefit greatly from the environmental improvement efforts of ranching families across the state.
And, well-managed grazing actually improves the health of Colorado’s native plant species, many of which depend on grazing to remain viable and reproduce.

Families, Not Factories

Ninety-seven percent of America’s farms and ranches are family owned. Beef comes from family farms, not factories.
In fact, most of Colorado’s ranches and farms are multi-generational endeavors, continuously operated for more than a century.
These families also focus on efficiency, using their natural resources in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
Thanks to these efforts, consumers not only enjoy the safest beef supply in the world, they also spend less on food as a percentage of their income, than any consumers in the world.

Economic Contribution

Agriculture is the third-largest economic driver in Colorado’s economy and beef production represents over 58 percent of the total.
This contribution equates to jobs, businesses and related economic activity that resonates across every Colorado community.
In fact, nearly one-third of Colorado’s counties are classified as either economically dependent on the cattle industry or having the cattle industry serve an important role in their economies.