Feeding A Global Consumer

In the United States, we do not consume a lot of tongue, liver, tripe (along with other cuts of beef). So what happens to these cuts when the animal is processed? Thanks to a global economy, we are able to ship these cuts to parts of the world that demand these products. This past week, the beef ambassador team was at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. While we were there, we were able to learn more about hot topics in the beef community (like exports!). Here are the biggest things I learned:

Beef produced in the United States may find its way to a dinner plate across the world!

Beef produced in the United States may find its way to a dinner plate across the world.

  • 95% of the world’s population lives outside of the United States.
  • The hide is the most valuable export product. Although a lot of the hides do end up coming back to the United States in the form of leather products (like Italian leather shoes).

    Even if your shoes were imported, they may have been produced using leather raised in the U.S.!

    Even if your shoes were imported, they may have been manufactured using leather from cattle raised in the U.S.

  • Egypt purchases most of the beef liver exported from the United States. Livers are mainly sold for pet food manufacturing here.
  • Every country demands different cuts of beef. For example, in Hong Kong and China intestines and short plates are demanded, while Peru demands a lot of beef heart. It varies country by country.

    Heart doesn't look too bad when it's cooked!

    Heart doesn’t look too bad when it’s cooked!

  • We gain $300 per head from exports.
  • Compared to the rest of the world the United States eats A LOT of ground beef! Every day 100 million servings of ground beef are consumed in the United States alone.

    That's a lot of ground beef being eaten! For ideas on cooking ground beef, check out this website.

    For ideas on cooking ground beef, check out this website.

  • The United States produces a product that is very different than the rest of the world. Grass fed beef is all that a lot of global consumers have access to. The United States’ main product is grain finished beef. You can learn more about the difference here.Beef

Global trade is fascinating to me. For example, one meal can have avocados from Mexico, lemons from Chile, and beef from your neighbor down the road.

Happy Meaty Monday!

Rachel Purdy
Princess Farmer

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