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Many Uses for Beef Cattle

Beef cattle may weigh around 1,100 pounds. From that, it will provide about 475 pounds of beef. But 99% of every beef animal is used. That means beef cattle also supply other products:

  • Beef cattle produce steaks, roasts, and hamburgers for you to enjoy at home, at school, and at restaurants.
  • Beef contains many important nutrients, including protein, zinc, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, and iron.
  • There are 29 cuts of beef that are lean, like tenderloin, strip steak, and 95% lean ground beef.
  • Hides, hooves, and hair are used to make things like sports equipment, leather goods, and paint brushes. Footballs are often called "pigskins," but they are actually made from cow hide.
  • Fats are used to make soap, shampoo, and cosmetics.
  • The pancreas and liver are used to make medications for diseases such as anemia and hypoglycemia.