What are beta-agonists?

Beta-agonists (beta agonists), such as ractopamine and zilpaterol, are animal feed ingredients that help animals make the most of the food they eat. Farmers and ranchers work with their nutritionists and veterinarians to provide the ingredient for the right animals at the right time, when they typically gain excess fat. Beta-agonists help animals maintain their natural muscle-building ability, resulting in the leaner meat while maintaining flavor and juiciness.

USFRA Point of View

USFRA's View on Hormones Hormones occur naturally in living animals and even in some produce. Many consumers have questions about supplemental hormone use in raising farm animals. Farmers and ranchers are committed to sharing information and answering questions about hormone use so consumers can... Read more