Issues of the Environment: Tracking Cattle From Birth To Dinner Plate

Jul 24, 2013

What would be the benefit of electronically tracking our beef supply from the birth of a calf to its arrival on our dinner plate? 

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Potentially, the benefits are numerous. In this week's installment of  WEMU's Issues of the Environment,  Morning Edition host David Fair talks with Dr. Dan Buskirk.

Dr. Buskirk is Associate Professor and Beef Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. 

He contends that the electronic tracking can help facilitate creation of regional food systems, better connect consumers to farmers and increase revenues for local, small and mid-sized farmers.

Issues of the Environment is a weekly feature heard at 8:20am, every Wednesday.