Cattle and Beef Facts
SC Cattle and Calf Industry
2012 - 6th in the state
- $177 million
Livestock and livestock products –
Crops - $1.4 million
Record - $2.9 billion in 2012
At approximately $1 per serving, beef provides 10 essential
nutrients your body needs, like zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins.
For about 150 calories, a 3-oz serving of lean beef provides
about the same amount of protein as three servings (1½ cups) of cooked black
beans with 341 calories.
There are many factors that impact the price of beef,
including supply (the U.S. cattle herd is the smallest it has been since the
1950s) and demand (U.S. beef exports are at an all-time high). Another
contributing factor is the rise in the price of grains, like corn, fed to
cattle. In the past 10 years, the price of corn has more than doubled in
part due to widespread drought in corn-growing regions. Drought has also
impacted the availability of grass pasture and rangeland for grazing cattle.
From 2005 to 2011, improvements in crop yields, machinery
technology, irrigation techniques, fertilizer management, nutrition and animal
performance have resulted in lowering the environmental
footprint of the beef production process and improving on-farm
You’d need to eat 670 calories of peanut butter, 374
calories of black beans, or 236 calories of raw soy tofu cubes to get the same
amount of protein found in a 3-oz serving of lean beef at 150 calories.
Other uses of cattle by-products:
parts are used in the production of medicine, insulation,
antifreeze, shampoos/conditioners and instrument strings.
film, vitamin capsules, charcoal and glass are all derived
from bones and horns of cattle.
beef fat provides us with airplane lubricants, hydraulic brake
fluid, biodiesel and medicines.
foods, other than beef, use the products of slaughter – marshmallows, ice
cream, chewing gum and some candies are made from by-products of cattle.
from cattle are tanned into leather becoming shoes, purses and wallets.
beef community is committed to raising cattle responsibly to provide the United
States and the world with great-tasting, nutritious beef. America’s farmers and
ranchers are confident that you’ll enjoy real beef’s flavor, texture and cost.
- Bull – an uncastrated male bovine animal
- Heifer – a young female cow that has not borne a
- Cow – a fully grown female bovine animal
- Calf – a young bovine animal in its first year
- Steer – a castrated male bovine animal