Sustainable Animal Production Systems
Nebraska is in an enviable position to provide protein for the rest of the world. Our strength in livestock production – from Sandhills ranches to modern feedlots to processing and distribution – coupled with abundant feed sources in the form of grain and ethanol co-products, makes livestock production a powerful economic engine for the entire state.
Our researchers are on the cusp of molecular genetic and biological breakthroughs –
discoveries that will increase the efficiency and profitability of livestock production and improve the quality and consistency of livestock products, while improving human nutrition and health. Advancements in molecular science are needed to create a more robust livestock sector with the potential of doubling their return on investment – creating economic vitality in rural communities and the state as a whole.
We must also balance growth of the livestock industry with the protection of our environment –diminishing nitrate and phosphorus in runoff, reducing particulates in the air, capturing methane. IANR science will be in the forefront here as well, making certain that growing the profit potential of our livestock production does not compromise the very resources that are the source of our strength.
As emerging nations improve their economies, their citizens begin to add more protein to their diets. The demand for meat will only continue to grow – and IANR will position Nebraska livestock producers to meet that demand responsibly and profitably.