Fun Facts About Beef

  • 160 degrees F is the correct cooking temperature to ensure safe and savory ground beef
  • Twenty-nine cuts of beef meet government guidelines for lean
  • Cattle have four parts to their stomach and can detect smells up to six miles away!
  • Cattle are herbivores so they only have teeth on the bottom
  • Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture
  • Beef cattle production is Michigan’s fourth largest agricultural business
  • Beef is a nutrient-dense food and is the #1 source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc.
  • Beef is the #3 source of iron behind fortified cereal and grains
  • Cattle farmers conserve the land by implementing natural resource management practices that include soil tests, brush and weed control programs, grazing management plans, minimum or no-till systems, and range quality and grass utilization monitoring
  • A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is an excellent source of protein, supplying more than half of the protein most people need each day
  • The protein in beef is a complete, high-quality protein, which means it supplies all of the essential amino acids, or building blocks of protein, the body needs to build, maintain and repair body tissue
  • The U.S. supplies 25% of the world’s beef with 10% of the world’s cattle

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