It starts with consumer preference. Iowa State Beef Specialist Dan Loy explains that Americans have acquired a taste for tender beef from young steers and heifers. Most male bulls are neutered at a young to reduce those hormones that cause aggression – and that takes them from a bull to a steer – so they lose their natural hormones. Implants are small compressed pellets containing natural, synthetic or plant-based hormones imbedded into the cow’s ear. Loy says those very small amounts of hormones speed the growth and change the type of growth of cattle.
Why are hormones used in beef production?
September 27, 2012 By Leave a Comment