Dawn: Some farmers insert a “hormone implant” in beef cattle just behind the ear. Hormone implants release hormones over a long period of time as the animal grows. They help cattle to grow more efficiently, using fewer resources. Using growth hormones in beef cattle decreases the carbon footprint of a very nutrient-dense protein for human consumption.
Joan: Hormones are naturally occurring chemical messengers in all living things. Hormones regulate appetite, respiration, sleeping, reproduction and much more. Plants, animals and humans depend on hormones to exist. When we use an added hormone for cattle, we are basically adding another messenger to help that animal use less feed as it grows.