Washington State dairy producer, Dave Boon, is serving his third year on the Washington State Beef Commission and encouraged his fellow dairy farmers to be actively involved in the beef side of their business at the local level.
He said it’s important that they know where the beef checkoff dollars go and what they do. He said that a significant development in the recent past was the fact that there are 29 lean cuts of beef on cows and that has great implications for how beef is marketed.
Beef has come under attack by the vegetarian, animal rightists and Boon said it’s important to have the beef checkoff to respond because beef a vital part of our food supply and is an important industry.
He believes the beef check off is a good investment for dairy producers because “our animals are grain fed generally and is a great source of lean cuts. 20 percent of the U.S. beef supply comes from dairy cattle, according to Boon.