The framework is a set of resources, developed over more than three years, to help the supply chain from ranchers to retailers continuously improve the sustainability of U.S. beef. It is designed to address the needs of the diverse beef communities who produce, buy and sell beef.
USRSB identified key areas as important to the sustainability of beef, calling them High-Priority Indicators. These include: animal health and well-being, efficiency and yield, employee safety and well-being, land resources, water resources, and air and greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainability Metrics and Sustainability Assessment Guides serve as the segment-specific elements of the Framework tailored to address the unique challenges in the cow-calf, cattle auction market, feedyard, packer and processor, and retail and foodservice sectors.
The public comment period will end July 1. To learn more about the USRSB Sustainability Framework or to comment, visit www.USRSBFramework.org.