See also: Ground Beef; Cattle; Dairy Cattle; Cows; Ranches; etc.

BEEF TRIVIA

Cattle head

The world is projected to produce 58.625 million metric tons of beef in 2014.  If realized, this will be the most beef that the world has ever produced

Brazil is the world's largest producer of beef. (2010)

Hernando Cortez brought the first cattle to North America in 1519 (Columbus brought cattle with him on his 2nd voyage to the New World, but not to North America).

There are 9 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name 'Beef'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

The character of 'Uncle Sam' is modeled after Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy, New York. During the War of 1812, the meat he shipped to the government was stamped 'U.S. Beef.' Soldiers began to call this beef Uncle Sam’s beef.

More beef is consumed on Memorial Day than any other day, with the 4th of July and Labor Day usually tieing for 2nd place.

T-bone steak

Top 10 list of beef entrees (excluding burgers) in the U.S.

Total U.S. beef consumption:
     • 2011: 25.6 billion pounds
     • 2010: 26.4 billion pounds
     • 2009: 26.8 billion pounds
     • 2008: 27.3 billion pounds
     • 2007: 28.1 billion pounds
     • 2006: 28.1 billion pounds
     • 2005: 27.8 billion pounds
     • 2004: 27.8 billion pounds
     • 2003: 27.0 billion pounds
     • 2002: 27.9 billion pounds

(USDA Economic Research Service)

Average Annual per Capita U.S. Beef Consumption
(by retail weight)

Year

Pounds

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

79.2
78.8
73.9
72.7
69.3
67.8
66.6
66.2
64.6
66.3
66.6
67.2
65.7
66.7
67.5
67.6
66.2
67.9
64.4
66.1
65.6
66.2
65.2
62.8
61.1

Source: USDA

In 2007, 97% of commercial restaurants served beef in one form or another.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Over 400 million steak sandwiches were served in 2001 - an increase of 25% over 2000.

Argentinians eat more beef than anyone else, about 140 pounds a year per person. (The U.S. average is about half that).

BEEF QUALITY GRADING
U.S.D.A. Beef Quality grades are determined by estimating the age of the animal, the amount of fat marbling (determined by looking at the ribeye at the 12th rib) and by the texture, color and appearance of the ribeye. U.S.D.A. quality grading is optional.

According to the National Cattleman's Beef Association only about 2% of all U.S. beef carcases submitted for grading are quality graded Prime.  Prime grade is the most tender, juicy and flavorful grade, and most Prime grade beef is sold to the restaurant industry.

About 44% of the beef submitted for quality grading is Choice grade (the next grade down from Prime), and this is what is usually available in retail markets.
 

 

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