Application of growth technologies in enhancing food security and sustainability

Bradley J. Johnson, Flavio R.B. Ribeiro, Jonathon L. Beckett

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• For more than 50 years, beef cattle producers have safely used growth promotants to enhance muscle leanness, increase average daily gain, stimulate feed intake moderately, and subsequently enhance the rate of body weight gain compared to the amount of food needed to achieve that gain, referred to as feed efficiency. • Growth-enhancing compounds, including steroidal implants and b-adrenergic agonists, increase production and improve feed efficiency of beef cattle. • The changes in performance result in an economic benefit to beef cattle producers and impact the relative price competitiveness of beef as compared to other dietary protein sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Frontiers
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • Beef cattle
  • Beta agonist
  • Growth promotants
  • Implants


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