How many more pounds of meat do beta-agonists, a feed ingredient, add to animals? Is it unhealthy for the animals to carry so much extra weight?
It is estimated, for example, that by giving cattle these feed ingredients at targeted points in their lives, cattle grow up to 30 more pounds of lean meat versus fat, which, considering the average weight of cattle at slaughter is 1,200 pounds, that’s only an increase of about 2.2 percent of total body weight.
In pork, ractopamine provides additional leaner pork per pig, adding approximately 6.6 pounds.
The decision to use beta-agonists (beta agonists), which are added in very small amounts to an animal’s feed at specific times in its life, takes into account many factors, including the latest in nutrition science combined with decades of experience caring for animals and consultations with animal nutritionists and veterinarians.