Dakota Beef, the US organic beef processor, is to team up with Cropp Cooperative to boost the supply of organic cattle in the country.

Dakota said US consumer demand for organic beef has been "exceptional" and the partnership with the co-op will ensure supply meets that demand.

"We will ensure a strong supply of organic beef through the end of year and all of 2009," said CEO Scott Lively.

Cropp Cooperative sells products under the Organic Valley and Organic Prairie brands in the US. Tedd Heilmann, general manager of Organic Prairie, echoed Lively's comments.

"Consumers have shown us that they want certified organic products that are not treated with artificial hormones or antibiotics, products from companies that demand reduction in impact to the environment, and have established fair partnerships with producers without sacrificing taste."