Facts About Beef
- Beef is packed with nutrients like quality protein, easy-to-absorb iron and zinc for a healthy immune system.
- There are 60,000 beef farmers, some in every province, so when we buy Canadian beef we are supporting our local rural communities. Most of Canada’s beef cattle are raised in Alberta (about 40%) and Saskatchewan (about 20%).
- Canada is known for some of the best beef in the world. Our largest customers are the United States, Mexico and Japan.
- Did you know that beef cattle spend about nine hours a day eating?
- Most beef cows spend the vast majority of their life eating grass. Most Canadian beef cattle spend less than 200 days in a feedlot.
- Beef is an excellent source of protein, iron, vitamin B12 and zinc, and contains more than a dozen other nutrients.
- Beef cuts are organized in the grocery store by cooking category. This means the cut often has the cooking method as its middle name. So a “Sirloin Tip Marinating Steak” tells you that it should be marinated.
- Canadian beef producers use ear tags to help them identify each animal. When cattle are sold, they need to have an official electronic ear tag issued from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. These tags can be used to trace an animal back to their original herd if needed.
- “Verified Beef Production+” is a national program to verify food safety practices on farms. It provides assurance that Canadian beef is produced to the highest safety standards.
Meet Erika Stewart, a cattle rancher who is sharing video each month about Life on Pine Ranch in Saskatchewan.