Beef cattle production
Parrett, Douglas F. Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
Last reviewed:March 2018
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- World beef production
- United States beef production
- Feeding beef cattle
- Marketing and grading
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Raising of cattle for meat. Beef cattle production is a section of animal agriculture concerned with the rearing of cattle in order to produce meat for human or other animal consumption (Fig. 1). This is in contrast to dairy cattle production, which is concerned with the management of cattle to produce milk. In terms of beef cattle production, the muscle from cattle over 6 months of age is beef, whereas that from younger cattle is veal. Beef is a nutrient-dense food, containing approximately 20% protein; it is rich in essential amino acids and minerals, and is a good source of the B vitamins (B6, B12, niacin, and riboflavin). When consumed, beef also supplies a generous portion of the daily dietary iron requirements for humans. See also: Agricultural science (animal); Dairy cattle production; Food; Food manufacturing; Food science; Nutrition; Vitamin
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