Beef is a year-round favorite, from grilling burgers in the summer, to enjoying a hearty stew in the winter. Beef is so popular that July has even been named Beef Month. Sink your teeth into more facts about beef.
- Texas is the top producer of beef in the U.S., followed by Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
- Cattle are ruminants, which means they have four chambers in their stomach.
- There are over 94 million head of beef cattle being produced by 1 million beef producers in the U.S. Of these operations, 97 percent are family-owned.
- There are 50 breeds of beef cattle in the U.S. The most popular are Hereford, Angus, Brahman and Charolais.
- The basic cuts of beef are the chuck, loin, rib and round. Names for the cuts of meat can vary from region to region.
- One serving of beef is 3 ounces and provides more than half of your required protein for the day. It is also a source of all the necessary amino acids.
- The U.S. provides 25 percent of the world’s beef, but only has 10 percent of the world’s cattle.
- In 2009 the average annual per capita consumption of meat was 61.1 pounds.