Beef and Corn: Working Together in a Sustainable System is the topic of the upcoming panel show on the National Cattlemen Beef Association’s series Cattlemen to Cattlemen on RFD-TV. Panelists will discuss sustainability practices on their farms, the benefits of next-generation feed products, how the ethanol industry has impacted corn and beef producers, and more.
“1.25 billion bushels of corn plus the majority of distillers grains goes towards feeding beef cattle,” said NCGA President Kevin Ross. “Adding corn into the cattle diet increases feed efficiency reflected in the rate of daily gain. It also promotes faster growth, reduces days to finish, and produces steaks with a higher marble score.”
One out of four bushels of added corn demand is due to beef and pork, with the beef industry providing $5.7 billion in corn value. DDGs account for nearly 8 percent of total domestic corn usage.
“It’s important for us to collaborate with our animal ag partners because they are such a large customer of corn,” Ross added. “That’s why we’re engaged and sponsoring programs like Cattlemen to Cattlemen and the Cattlemen Education Series, so together, we can help provide the latest industry news to producers.”
NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen is a television show for cattlemen created by cattlemen. The episode featuring corn growers is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 on RFD-TV at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted by Colorado cattle producer Kevin Ochsner.
Panel participants include Mike Drinnin of Drinnin Feedlots where the episode is filmed; NCGA President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross; Kansas farmer who raises both beef and corn Kylee Geffert; Dr. Galen Erickson, a ruminant nutritionist from the University of Nebraska; Brandon Hunnicutt, NCGA Board Member and Nebraska farmer; Jarad Drinnin, who manages Drinnin Feedlots; and Cassie Aherin, Project Manager of the Eco-System Services Market Consortium.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.