Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association board recently received an update on “Sustainable Beef” and finalized plans for upcoming events.
Steve Wooten, a Kim rancher and U.S. Roundtable of Sustainable Beef board member, gave an update on the framework being built in a unique program. His Nov. 5 comments at the La Junta golf club’s Rattlesnake Grill, focused on the roundtable being pro-active in helping define the term “sustainable” – a buzz word that currently lacks classification and parameters. “We’re trying to specifically define the term to benefit the whole beef industry from pasture to plate. We’re striving for something that unifies across the beef community,” he said. “It is uncharted ground.”
The beef roundtable, a first in U.S. agriculture, is still in its infancy and launching science-based research. Wooten said all facets are gathering data to help fairly outline sustainability in terms that the consumer will understand.
In addition to the update, the cattlemen board finalized plans for its next event on Dec. 17. A Christmas pot luck is open to members, as well as ranchers and agribusinesses in Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties. It will be Thursday night, Dec. 17 at the Elk’s Club in Lamar.
Other upcoming events on the cattlemen’s schedule include a Jan. 9 board meeting, which will feature a speaker on upcoming changes in state land board regulations; and a booth at the Feb. 11 Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium.
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