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Product System Model for Beef Production 2011

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posted on 2024-02-15, 17:52 authored by Ben Putman, Greg Thoma

Product system boundaries (cow-calf-finisher, CCF) include all material and energy flows associated with crop production and live cattle operations. Cattle inventory flows include the cow-calf operation and end with market weight finisher cattle and culls resulting from one full year of operation. The total live weight produced in one year is 2914841.44 kg and is comprised of the following animals: Finished cattle: 3724 (581 kg/finisher) Culled cows: 1156 (636 kg/cow) Culled bulls: 58 (908 kg/cow)

These data were developed using Integrated Farm System Model and are intended to represent the MARC cattle operation in Nebraska in 2011. The data were a product of a project funded by the National Cattleman's Beef Association.

Linking approach during creation: Prefer default providers; Preferred process type: Unit process;

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  • Resource Title: Product System Model for Beef Production 2011.

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    Resource Description: .zip file includes native openLCA JSON-LD

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Data contact name

Thoma, Greg

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Intended use

These data were developed using IFSM and are intended to represent the MARC cattle operation in Nebraska in 2011. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the cow-calf unit process and therefore live weight produced includes culled cows and bulls in addition to finisher cattle. This data set was developed for use in Situation C2: Accounting, excluding interactions with other systems (ILCD Handbook).

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ISO Topic Category

  • economy
  • environment
  • farming

Ag Data Commons Group

  • Life Cycle Assessment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

LCA; LCI; life cycle inventory; product system; life cycle assessment; energy flow; crop production; livestock; environmental assessment; greenhouse gas emissions; greenhouse gases; fossil fuels; feeds; supply chain; beef; beef cattle

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Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Putman, Ben; Thoma, Greg (2019). Product System Model for Beef Production 2011. Ag Data Commons.

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