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No part of the cow is wasted. Cows not only provide high-quality protein in the form of meat and milk, they also contribute important by-products to other industries!


Beef production, including the production of animal feed, is responsible for only 3.3 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. This is dramatically lower than the often-misapplied global livestock figure of 14.5 percent.


The U.S. ranks 3rd in worldwide total cattle population, producing 20% of the world’s beef with just 6.2% of the world’s cattle. Talk about sustainability!


DYK: Cattle help with food waste by acting as “upcyclers” in our food system by upgrading human inedible material like almond hulls, carrot tops and grasses into nutrients they can digest!


Between 1977-2007, cattle ranchers produced each pound of beef using 19 percent less feed, 33 percent less land, 12 percent less water.


Regardless of whether cattle are grass or grain-finished, beef cattle in the U.S. spend the majority of their life grazing grass.


Pen riders check on cattle and make sure they get up and move around in feedyards. They work together with veterinarians and nutritionists to ensure cattle are comfortable and healthy!


The carbon footprint per billion kilograms of beef produced in 2007 was reduced by 16.3% compared with equivalent beef production in 1977. Beef ranchers are committed to environmental stewardship!


There are more than 700,000 beef ranches in the United States. Of those, 91 percent are family-owned or individually-operated. Also, 11 percent of them are operated by women!


Calves are weaned from their mother’s milk at 6 to 10 months of age when they weigh between 450 and 700 pounds. These calves continue to graze on grass pastures.


Mature cattle are often moved to feedlots. Here cattle typically spend 4 to 6 months. They are free to graze at feed bunks containing a carefully balanced diet made up of grasses and grains. Veterinarians, nutritionists and pen riders work together to provide individual care for each animal.

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