Growing Hawaii’s Grass-Fed Beef Industry09/20/2012
A movement to produce more homegrown grass-fed beef is gaining momentum through expanding partnerships with Hawaii ranchers and processors. This week’s statewide Agriculture Conference 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center allows us an opportunity to announce another important step forward.
Ulupono Initiative is honored to be a part of the collaboration between a leading rancher and leading processor on the Big Island, which we hope will form the underlying foundation for an increasingly vibrant local ranching industry.
Working with partners with decades of experience will help reverse a steady decline in Hawaii’s beef cattle inventory that began in the 1970s. Parker Ranch and other ranchers and partners are researching grass pasture productivity. Our partners are examining irrigated and non-irrigated pasturelands to see how to profitably keep cattle raised in Hawaii eaten in Hawaii.
This week, Hawaii Beef Producers LLC is announcing it has joined Parker Ranch and Ulupono Initiative in an agreement to jointly fund pre-commercial trials for irrigated, fertilized pasture beef production on the Big Island of Hawaii.