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May is Beef Month with the Iowa Beef Council and 965 Kiss Country

Beef Facts

 In the United States, Texas has the most beef cows. Iowa ranks 9th (tied) in the number of beef cows.

 It takes the leather from 3.8 steers to manufacture the 72 footballs used in the Super Bowl. U.S. agricultural land provides FOOD and habitat for 75% of the nation’s wildlife.

 Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle to the western hemisphere on his second voyage in 1494.

 98.3% of U.S. farms are owned by families, family-held corporations or family partnerships.

 The beef community directly or indirectly accounts for more than 1.4 million jobs and contributes more than $188 billion in output to the national economy.

 One farmer or rancher today raises enough food to feed 155 people compared to just 19 in 1940. In fact, less than 1 percent of the U.S. population raises our food.

 Approximately 85 percent of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for growing crops. Grazing cattle on this land more than doubles the area that can used to raise food.

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