Sustainability Tyson verifies cattle production practices at scale

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Sunday, September 13, 2020
 To ensure improved management of grasslands and rangelands, the US-producer will also work with The Nature Conservancy to evaluate and enhance the environmental components of the current Beefcare program.
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To ensure improved management of grasslands and rangelands, the US-producer will also work with The Nature Conservancy to evaluate and enhance the environmental components of the current Beefcare program.

Tyson Foods announced its work to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than 5 million acres of cattle grazing land in the US. This would be the largest beef transparency program in the US.

Working with Where Food Comes From, the largest provider of certification and verification services to the food industry, the company will source cattle from Beefcare - verified beef producers who are committed to raising cattle using practices that positively impact the land and animals, and also want to promote it.

To ensure improved management of grasslands and rangelands, the US-producer will also work with The Nature Conservancy to evaluate and enhance the environmental components of the current Beefcare program. Nature Conservancy experts will provide input to Where Foods Comes From based on scientific analyses and land and livestock management experience.

This latest initiative builds on Tyson Foods’ goal for beef sustainability. In 2018, Tyson became the first US protein company to license Progressive Beef, a quality management system designed for cattle feeding operators.  Operators certified in the program follow best practices for animal welfare, food safety, responsible antibiotic use and environmental sustainability, and these practices are verified twice per year through USDA-approved auditors. In 2020, Tyson Foods will purchase more than 3 million Progressive Beef-certified cattle, which represents more than half of the cattle in the company’s supply chain.

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