Sustainability in Beef – the Nexus Between Productivity and Environmental Performance

Dr. Frank Mitloehner | Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California

March 13th, 11:15am

Over the last 50 years, there has been an extraordinary reduction in carbon footprint of the cattle industry in North America, which is viewed by many as a vindication of modern production practices. While this achievement is of major importance, attention should be given to the areas of environmental mitigation opportunities that still exist, especially in the areas of carbon emission reductions, welfare and health.  Optimizing productivity and welfare will allow for further reductions in the environmental footprint per unit of product while addressing other critical sustainability areas.


Frank Mitloehner, PhD, is a professor of animal science and air quality cooperative extension specialist at UC Davis. His current research activities are in the area of air emission estimates and emission mitigation from livestock facilities. He earned his Master of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and Animal Science from the University of Leipzig in Germany, and his doctoral degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University.