Cows are bred and calves are born and raised every year on cow-calf farms and ranches, spending time grazing on grass pastures within sight
of their mothers.
Calves are weaned away from their mothers between 6-8 months of age.
Debbie Lyons-Blythe: Cattle Rancher, Kansas
Rounding up the cow herd takes lots of people! Unfortunately, I get the least favorite job--calling the cows. I drive the pickup that leads them to the catch pen...
Many calves leave the farm or ranch where they were born and are sold at livestock auction markets to stockers and backgrounders between 6-12 months of age.
Between 6-12 months of age cattle spend time at stocker and backgrounder farms and ranches where they graze on a variety of pastures. Here they gain weight and convert forage and grass
into lean protein.
Garrett Foote: Cattle Backgrounder, New Mexico
Backgrounders also known as stockers, raise cattle from when they are weaned off of their mothers’ milk and then send them to the feedyard when they reach a desired...
Cattle spend 4-6 months at a feedyard being fed a scientifically-balanced diet and receiving daily care. Some spend the rest of their lives on a pasture being grass finished.
*These are just a few of the ingredients that can be used in a balanced cattle diet.
Cattle are sent to a packer/processing facility to be slaughtered and processed then distributed to supermarket retailers and restaurants.
Retailers and foodservice operators sell beef in
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Due to strong demand for U.S. beef, beef is exported to more than 130 countries. Today, about 14% of U.S. beef is exported as consumers around the world demand the quality, taste and flavor of U.S. beef. Top export markets include (by pounds according to USDA):
Beef helps nourish the bodies of millions of Americans by