Cattle are amazing creatures with the ability to live all over the world including arid climates, humid climates, mountainous regions and the plains. Cattle are designed to convert forages into protein in large part because they have a ruminant digestive system. Cattle help farmers and ranchers maintain a healthy ecosystem of plants with animals while providing needed dietary nutrients for people. With many protein sources for people to choose from, the cow continues to wow us with more than beef.
The nutrient density of one serving of beef for only 150 calories continues to be a great reason many people choose to include beef in their diet. Taste and convenience are two more reasons beef has been center of the plate in our family.
The beef community recognizes the importance of offering information to consumers about beef cuts, nutrition, recipes and how beef is raised. You can learn what cuts of beef are great for grilling and those needing longer cooking time. You can get recipes for family meals and large gatherings. You can also meet farmers and ranchers like us to understand how beef gets to the plate. All of that information can be found on one website you can go to by clicking here.
In addition to great tasting beef, cattle provide numerous by-products we often take for granted. You might find some of these products in your closet, pantry, medicine chest and in the tires of your car! The three categories of by-products are: Edible, Inedible and Medicinal. Here is a sample of each category
Edible: 640 Pounds of beef products like roasts, steaks and hamburgers
Inedible: 1 Cow Hide can make 12 basketballs or 18 volleyballs or 20 footballs
Medicinal: 100 Individual drugs for humans like insulin from the pancreas
You can read more about by-products we get from beef by clicking here.
Wow! Cattle truly are amazing! We all benefit from a beef community dedicated to reducing waste, increasing quality and continually improving animal care. Cattle reduce waste by keeping products like beet tops, soybean hulls and potato skins out of the landfill because they can eat them. A nutritionist helps farmers and ranchers make sure cattle are getting a balanced diet with whatever ingredients the cattle are getting fed. Our cattle are fed a diet including an ethanol by-product from corn. I think I would enjoy living near a chocolate candy factory if some of that by-product ended up here!
From the tongue to the tail cattle are truly a wonder of nature. Can you get through one day without one of the many products cattle can give us? When you enjoy that next bite of savory roast beef remember the leather shoes you walk around in, the paintbrush bristles used by your child to create a masterpiece hanging on the refrigerator, the chewiness of the Rice Krispie Bar for dessert and the local game of basketball are all benefits we enjoy when cattle are part of our lives.