National Beef Month

While the history of how National Beef Month started is not clearly defined, most people correlate May with the start of grilling season. This could be part of the reason why May was chosen as National Beef Month. There are also several beef promotions ran at this time that help raise demand for the product and to educate consumers about the misconceptions of beef products and their actual health benefits.

One serving of beef is 3 ounces, which is about the size of an iPhone. Beef contains 10 nutrients essential to vitality, including zinc, B vitamins, iron, and protein. These nutrients enable the body to build muscle, strengthen the immune system, and develop a healthy brain. Lean beef is even considered a heart-healthy food due to its nutritious qualities.

Beef is a popular food option, with the US consuming over 25 billion pounds of beef each year. Demand is kept up by over 900,000 cattle & calf operations. The average herd size is 40 head of cattle. Farmers and ranchers work hard to grow healthy beef cattle for consumers to eat.


“Beef Industry Statistics.” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

“Frequently Asked Questions About Beef Nutrition.” Nebraska Beef Council

Grant, Dan. “National Beef Month Promotions Fire up Consumers.” Farm Week Now

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