Cattle! Beef!

Thought you would like to learn some new exciting information about cattle, to lock away in your brain, so you can impress your friends.


In 1955, the population of the United States was 165 million people.  
The cattle herd then was 90 million.
In 2015 the population of the United States was 308 million people.  
The cattle herd then was 90 million.


This, from the 2012 USDA Ag. Census.

Compared with 1977, we’re producing 31% more beef with:
30% fewer cattle
19% less feed
12% less water
33% less land
12% less nitrous oxide
18% less methane
18% less manure, with a 16% smaller carbon footprint

The U.S. produces 20% of the world’s beef
with 7% of its cattle

As the population increases by 2.5 billion in the next 35 years, beef consumption is expected to double

The hide of one cow can make 12 baseball gloves and
144 standard league baseballs

Hides aren’t the only way cattle are involved in sports.  
Strings on tennis, racquetball and badminton racquets are cattle byproducts.  
So is the rubber head of a shuttlecock (birdie)

Leather coats, shoes, purses, hats, briefcases and luggage are all made from cowhide

Cattle are cultured.
Not only are their byproducts used to make paints, dyes, inks and brushes, but also drum heads, piano keys, and the strings on guitars, cellos and violins

Chalk, crayons, rubber erasers and modeling clay, adhesives,
glue for stamps and bandages are cattle byproducts

And let’s not forget about birthdays!
Cake mixes, candy, confectionery, flavorings and candles are all cattle byproducts

And then there are cosmetics:  anti-aging cream keeps us looking young

Cattle aren’t just for humans:
Our pets eat beef, too, and it doesn’t taste like chicken!

Cattle byproducts are used as fertilizers and plant foods in our gardens

As you can see, all parts of the animal are used in one way or another, for our daily use.  Now, that’s something to think about.


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