Growth Hormones in Cattle
Updated: Mar 9, 2022
We’ve been asked many times, “Do you use growth hormones on your cattle?”
The answer is NO!
Hormone implants containing estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, trenbolone acetate, and zeranol are commonly used in the US to promote weight gain and increase feed efficiency in cattle raised in feedlots. These implants are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, generally with no withdrawal period before slaughter. While US officials support their use and state no increased risk of hormone exposure, these same implants are banned in the European Union. While there is surely politics at play in both situations, we stand by our commitment to transparency and allowing our customers to know and decide for themselves where their food comes from and how it’s been raised.
While the practice of implanting cattle with growth-promoting hormones is common and legal in the USA we have chosen not to do so. Honestly, we tried it about 10 years ago on an experimental basis and found no benefit for the cost, and hassle of the implant.
Our philosophy is that breeding cattle with genetics that are complementary to the natural grass diet and conditions on our farm will lead to a superior product. We see no benefit to additional growth hormone treatment of our animals. For additional information on cattle growth hormones, check out these links: