May is National Beef Month and farmers, ranchers and processors around the country are celebrating. According to, the United States provides 25 percent of the world’s beef, but only has 10 percent of the world’s cattle. Also, in 2009, the average annual per capita consumption of beef was 61.1 pounds. Here are a few more fun facts:

-Texas is the top producer of beef in the U.S., followed by Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


-Cattle are ruminants, which means they have four chambers in their stomach.


-There are more than 94 million head of beef cattle being produced by 1 million beef producers in the U.S. Of these operations, 97 percent are family-owned

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