Livestock Network’s chief executive says the dairy industry is suffering a shortage of meat as the US meatpacking industry struggles.
But the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science says the problem is less about livestock and more about the dairy business.
“It’s the dairy that’s getting it wrong,” said Steve Jurvetson, CEO of the National Action Network.
Jurvetsons dairy business is not as good as other US dairy farms, but the meat is so good, it makes up for the problems.
In a conference call with reporters today, Jurveson was asked about a report from the US Agriculture Department that found the number of Americans who were able to get meat from pasture or pastured animals was declining.
According to the USDA, the number has dropped by nearly a third since 2009.
It was only in 2011 that the number began declining again.
The decline began in the early 2000s and has been ongoing.
The USDA’s latest data show the number dropping by 5.8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.
The number is down slightly in 2016, but not as much as in 2009, the last year the data were collected.
The agency attributed the drop to better farming practices and to increased use of antibiotics in livestock.
The USDA report said that about 40 percent of US meat comes from animal sources that are farmed on pastures, including beef, lamb and pork.