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Letter to the Editor: Beef Month

May 5, 2017
Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team , Dysart Reporter

To the Editor:

We, the members of the Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team, take great pride in being one of 40,000 Iowans that enjoy working in the beef industry. The majority of our team are continuing a family legacy in beef production; representing the third, fourth, fifth, and, for some, the sixth generation of producers. We beef producers care and we are capable! Today, we are raising beef much more efficiently and using production practices to sustain our natural resources: producing 13% more beef with13% fewer head AND using 20% less feedstuffs, 30% less land, 14% less water, 9% less fossil fuel energy, and an 18% decrease in total carbon emissions. Today's beef is on average 34% leaner than beef produced fifty years ago; with 65% of the beef in the fresh meat case being lean cuts. Just one 3-ounce serving of beef provides 10 essential nutrients, about half of the daily recommended protein, but only 10% of the daily recommended calorie intake! Nutritious, healthy, and delicious! Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad has signed the 2017 May Beef Month proclamation in recognition of the significant contributions that Iowa's beef industry makes to the state's economy. We encourage you to celebrate May Beef Month too! EAT BEEF!!

Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team



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