How big is the beef industry? How big is a cow? Do they really have four stomachs? Just the facts here.
Number of cattle in the United States
Rank in size of beef production among American agriculture sectors (based on cash receipts)
Average number of cattle on American beef cattle farms
Percentage of the world’s beef supply produced in the United States
500 metric tons
Amount of beef exported from the United States to Japan each year.
Food Safety Inspection Service
U.S. governmental agency in charge of mandatory beef inspection. The FSIS is part of the United States Department of Agriculture
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 United States
Amount of beef consumed annually per person in Argentina, the leading beef consuming country in the world (the U.S. average is about 70 lbs. per year).
Most popular day for beef consumption in the United States. Labor day and July 4th tie for second.
Beef Tenderloin Steak
Retail name for filet mignon
Most popular cut of beef in the United States
Weight at which most beef cattle are marketed
Number of quarter pound burgers that could be produced from one steer
Weight of a quarter pound (4 oz.) burger after cooking
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
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