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The Beef Industry
Beef Products n What products can you think of?
Beef Products n Beef (Roast, Steak, Hamburger, etc. ) n Bi-products n n n n bone china bone meal boots and shoes candles cosmetics crayons deodorants detergents doggie chews fabric softeners floor wax glue insecticides leather sporting goods biscuits paint pet foods photographic film plastics shampoo/cream rinses shaving cream soaps textiles toothpaste upholstery violin strings luggage
Types of BEEF Producers n Seed Stock - Produce close to “perfect” animals, sell their semen or embryos. n Elite Breeders/Pure Bred Breeder- Try to breed the “perfect” animal. They also show these animals to build a better reputation as a breeder.
Commercial Cow Calf Producer n Means that they aren’t registered to a specific breed n Often crossbred n Breed cows annually n Keep heifer calves to breed n Castrate bull calves, raise as steers for meat
KY is the largest cattle producer East of the Mississippi
Feedlots n Cow calf producers ship loads of cattle to them. – Typical load is 40, 000 lbs. n They feed and keep the animal’s health up for a very low price for the cow calf producer. n They each get part of the profit after the animal sells for slaughter.
Slaughterhouses or Packing Plants n Large scale operations that, as humanely as possible slaughter animals on a large scale for human consumption.
Wholesaler n Sell large portions of meat to companies for them to make their own products with. n Example Packing Plants Sell to Kroger
Retailer n Sell meat to the public.
Consumer n That’s YOU!
The Beef Industry INFO. n The average person in this country consumes 48 lbs of beef a year n Meat is among the most nutritionally complete foods that humans consume n The average beef herd size is 100 animals n Most slaughter animals are crossbreds n When animals are slaughtered they are around 18 -24 months and weigh 800 -1500 lbs
Kentucky BEEF Facts n Kentucky is home to over 1. 1 million beef cows and ranks 5 th nationally in total number of farms n Kentucky’s Leading Beef Producing County’s 1. Barren 4. Madison 2. Pulaski 5. Breckinridge 3. Warren
BEEF Facts n THE United States Top Producing States 1. Texas 2. Missouri 3. Oklahoma 4. Nebraska 5. South Dakota US BEEF INDUSTRY WAS WORTH $73 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2009
Discussion Questions n From an agriculturalists mindset, how much do you think the average person knows about the beef industry? n When things like recalls take place, is it important to be educated?