Reinforcing a Weak Link
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Much of the work you and your clients do on the farm to protect animal welfare and beef quality could be cancelled out by poor transportation practices. Virtually all cattle in the United States are transported at least once, and most take several trailer trips, often as many as six times, as they move through marketing channels and between production systems. According to the 2007 Market Cow and Bull Quality Audit, funded by the beef checkoff, the average tractor-trailer load of beef cattle arriving at the beef processing plant traveled 759 km, and dairy cattle traveled 365 km.