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Ractopamine

Postby Brad S » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:18 pm

WB brought up this additive in a different thread. I'm curious about everyone's opinion. It appears that using this additive has hurt US beef demand around the world. There is evidence that the use of ractopamine can show up in negative effects in consumers, and evidence to the contrary. Clearly we produce enough beef without the additive.

If cattlemen can tax beef transactions to promote beef demand (as in the check off), should cattlemen be able to abolish drugs or additives that adversely effect demand. Sound science is the word of the day, and market science is science as much as biology.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby Mike » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:50 am

I suppose, according to the NCBA, that if beef goes down from a harmful additive, we all go down together and the hurt is spread among all of us.

Honestly, I don't even like to give an anti-biotic unless it's completely necessary.

The research on the Ractopamine is all over the place. Don't know what to believe, but if in doubt, I don't.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby WB » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:50 am

I think we need to be careful which consumer action groups we align ourselves with. The evidence of poor eating quality is quite substantial with its use. The industry is run by the drug companies in this case the manufacturer of Optaflexx is Elanco. They are the ones that benefiting from its use.

If Beef can't beat pork on its eating quality then there really is no future for our industry.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby rancherfred » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:08 pm

I don't know enough about this to make any well informed comments. Having said that, Mercola is a highly suspect source of information about anything. I recently saw an article from him that said that you can eat as many as a dozen eggs a week, as long as they were all natural, cage free, hormone free, antibiotic free and organic hens. I think his politics get in the way of any science.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby Angus 62 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:12 pm

Texas Tech did a study that found a 75% to 90% increase in feedlot mortality for cattle fed Ractopamine, which raised animal welfare issues. It is allowed because Elanco makes a ton of money on it even as it alienates consumers.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby littlejoe » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:49 pm

rancherfred wrote:I don't know enough about this to make any well informed comments. Having said that, Mercola is a highly suspect source of information about anything. I recently saw an article from him that said that you can eat as many as a dozen eggs a week, as long as they were all natural, cage free, hormone free, antibiotic free and organic hens. I think his politics get in the way of any science.


I don't see a problem here.

You do realize that every egg you eat is one less chicken, don't you? :cowboy:

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby Brad S » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:16 am

I agree mercola is at least suspect. The science on ractopamine is like a Rorschach test - everyone sees what they want. It's hard to dispute the market science.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby WB » Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:41 am

My problem with feeding it is it marginalizes eating quality. We as an industry have improved our genetics, our health protocols, and our overall management to throw it all away the last 40 days of the feeding period is silly to me. I have never believed in business that shooting yourself in the foot is a wise strategy. I know we have to improve efficiency but this is not the way to do it.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby mrj » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:24 am

It's good to see some of you questioning Mercola statements. When he is selling his personal brand of 'science' and discrediting sources using conventional, respected, science from US Universities, it seems worth a little more study on our part.

I don't like the denigration of 'profit' for businesses. How can anyone stay in business without it?does Mercola live and keep his business going if he follows his own dictates and refuses to make a profit???? And what kind of person is he if it is ok for him, but wrong for the businesses he smears?

Why are we who raise cattle for food searching for ways to create more lean muscle in our cattle? Isn't it because that is what consumers (pushed by health professionals) demanding?

We have done much with cattle genetics to give them what they SAY they want, but that hasn't been enough for them (both consumers and health professionals), so we have searched ways to do it with nutrition, including various enhancements, developed by professional research, to enhance growth of lean over fat in our cattle.

People like Mercola seem to make an exceptionally good living by convincing people that the whole scientific world is trying to kill them with scientifically developed, commercially produced food and medicine. WHY would cattle producers look to him for advice?

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby WB » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:56 am

mrj, if you are interested in giving consumers what they want isn't a quality eating experience at the top of the list? Optaflexx gives beef a bland rubbery flavor. Is that a good thing? You can discredit the messenger all you want but let's not put our collective heads in the sand and ignore the obvious. Pork tastes like crap that is undeniable beef is well on its way to the bottom with the pork industry. I hope we can save ourselves but it's getting late in the game I am afraid.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby mrj » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:12 am

Sorry you feel that way about my opinion of Mercola and his ilk, most of whom are working to end ALL consumption of ALL meats and using faux science to do so, imo.

I disagree with you about the quality of beef today. Maybe some of it is as you say, but I can honestly say I've rarely had a poor experience eating beef wherever that has been, even McDonalds, and I prefer my beef without any enhancements except maybe a bit of salt and pepper, though I do like the onion and tomato on a hamburger.

We have been told the home grown beef at our house is wonderfully flavorful and tender, so believe we do know what quality tastes like. But we travel a lot and eat in a variety of places from fast food to top of the line steak houses, and have even bought some at Walmart just to see what it is like, and any problems experienced have been the fault of the cook, imo.

I can understand you wanting to promote your own high quality beef, but do you really benefit from denigrating other beef, unless it is to share a specific 'bad experience' you have had? I believe doing that harms most other beef producers in the eyes of consumers, with no justification for it.

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Re: Ractopamine

Postby WB » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:22 am

I think the markets reflect what consumers think of our product. To deny the effects of Optaflexx on eating quality is simply sticking your head in the sand. We are in a race with pork to the bottom I guess when we get there we will at least have some company. To bad too because a lot of good hard working people are being harmed by this stuff. Bland rubbery tasting beef cannot be overcome no matter how you prepare it unless you prepare it like pork and add the flavor from a bottle.

Mrj,if you read my first post on this thread I said we have to be careful who we align ourselves with when it comes to these things.


I feel the beef industry currently is at a crossroads which direction we choose will determine our fate for the future. It is not looking good for the home team as I write this.


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