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Date: 6/19/2014

Title: Texas cattle feeder takes part in FDA Staff College

Continuing NCBA’s educational efforts on behalf of cattle producers continues to remain a top priority in Washington. This week we invited Dr. Paul Defoor, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Cactus Feeders, Inc., to D.C. to speak at the Food and Drug Administration’s Staff College. The main message of Defoor’s presentation revolved around feedyards and their importance to the beef industry.

Cactus Feeders, Inc. produces 3.3 million, eight ounce servings of beef per day. “Our product is a well-cared for food animal,” Defoor said. “We have roughly 500,000 of these in our care at all times.”  Improving the standard of living is what drives the motivation behind every employee. They keep this in mind by not wasting natural resources and human energy. Feedyards use tools like vaccines, antibiotics and sound nutrition programs to make this possible and improve cattle productivity.

Feedyards are an important part of the beef industry and play a large role in efficiently utilizing natural resources and producing quality beef. “A growing population and the improved standard of living in developing countries will drive the desire for more food and a better diet¬≠¬≠—technology is key in accomplishing this,” Defoor said.

The health of cattle continues to be a top priority for cattlemen and women like Defoor. NCBA has utilized the FDA Staff College as a way to educate audiences about the Beef Quality Assurance Program, the cow-calf sector and now the feedyard sector of the cattle industry. NCBA also holds an educational series referred to as Beef 101 on Capitol Hill to inform policy staffers about the issues facing the U.S. cattle industry. It is important for policy makers and overseeing agencies to understand the changes and challenges facing the cattle industry.