Minnesota cattle producer speaks up to those “trying to shut down meat production”
A cattle producer is responding to narratives that portray the livestock industry as harmful to the environment.
Mike Landuyt operates a feedlot in southwest Minnesota and serves as the Region III vice president of policy for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He tells Brownfield NCBA sent staff to the recent COP28 Summit in Dubai.
“Because it’s all over the news (that) they are trying to shut down meat production, so we need to just try to make sure we’re getting the point across just how much our producers do believe in conservation. And in my case, we’re coming up on 100 years of my family living on our farm (and) we’re not trying to do things that are going to not make it be there another 100 years. So we just need to get that word out.”
He suggests farmers continue to be more efficient while not sacrificing productivity.
“Just because something that we used to do, now we know not to plow as much and that kind of stuff. But just remind everybody that was the best they knew how to do then, and that’s what it took. And now we’ve found another way and we’re doing it another way.”
Landuyt says the U.S. has the lowest emissions of any beef-producing country in the world.
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Author: Mark Dorenkamp