Don’t let the turkey steal the show! Wow your Thanksgiving dinner guests with these beef facts.
Number of cows and calves in the U.S. (as of July 1, 2017)
The first widespread cattle feedyards were built by U.S. cottonseed oil-mill operators to utilize mill by-products
Average number of cattle on U.S. beef cattle farms
Percentage of the world’s beef supply produced in the United States
Food Safety Inspection Service
U.S. governmental agency in charge of mandatory beef safety inspections. The FSIS is part of the USDA
Year the hamburger debuted at the World’s Fair in St. Louis
First hamburger “chain” in the United States (founded in 1921)
Year the first McDonald’s opened
Number of beef servings in American restaurants each year
Daily beef consumption per person in the U.S.
Amount of beef consumed annually per person in Argentina, the leading beef consuming country in the world (the U.S. average is about 70 lb. per year).
Most popular cut of beef in the U.S.
Number of quarter pound burgers that could be produced from one steer
Amount of America’s water supply consumed by cattle
Number of basketballs that can be made from one beef hide
Number of stomachs in the cow (it is separated into four compartments)
Number of upper front teeth on a cow
Gestation (pregnancy) period of a cow
Sources: USDA; Purdue University; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association