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Research Project: Science and Technologies for the Sustainable Management of Western Rangeland Systems

Location: Range Management Research

Title: Beef supply chains of the Southwestern United States: Inputs to marketing to consumption

item Spiegal, Sheri
item DUFF, GLENN - New Mexico State University
item CIBILS, ANDRES - New Mexico State University
item STEINER, JEAN - New Mexico State University
item MCINTOSH, MATTHEW - New Mexico State University
item ANEY, SKYE - New Mexico State University
item Elias, Emile
item Bestelmeyer, Brandon
item BESTELMEYER, STEPHANIE - Asombro Institute For Science Education
item Estell, Richard - Rick

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/5/2022
Publication Date: 2/9/2022
Citation: Spiegal, S.A., Duff, G., Cibils, A.F., Steiner, J., Mcintosh, M., Aney, S., Elias, E.H., Bestelmeyer, B.T., Bestelmeyer, S., Estell, R.E. 2022. Beef supply chains of the Southwestern United States: Inputs to marketing to consumption. Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts. Abstract Only.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Consumers and producers worldwide are paying attention to the environmental and social impacts of the beef industry, demonstrating preferences for beef produced with high standards of animal welfare, environmental quality, and well-being of agricultural communities. At the same time, major pressures such as climate change impacts, market variation, and disease complicate prospects for achieving the environmental, social, and economic targets that result in sustainable beef production systems. Climate impacts are especially pronounced in the Southwestern US: as temperatures rise and rainfall becomes more erratic, forage production is decreasing and ranching input costs are increasing. Also, this region is dependent on other regions for finishing its ranch-raised cattle – and ultimately for marketing the beef from the cattle originating in the Southwest. A team of 25 organizations led by New Mexico State University and funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture is exploring the performance of three management strategies with promise to improve sustainability outcomes in these conditions: heritage cattle genetics, digital ranching, and alternative finishing options include grass-finishing on southwestern rangeland and recycling the feedlot manure produced by cattle that originate on southwestern ranches. We will introduce our integrated research/extension/education approach and describe how we are using a supply chain perspective to understand and communicate the tradeoffs of the three strategies under investigation, from pasture to plate. We will also provide context for the other talks and discussions in the symposium and make sure the attendees are well prepared to enjoy and learn with the SRM community in the session.