May is National Beef Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate all aspects of the beef industry from pasture to plate says Erin Laborie, Beef Systems Extension Educator based in Furnas County. Farmers and ranchers work hard every day to provide quality care for their cattle, practice stewardship of the land, and produce a wholesome, nutritious beef product for consumers.
Nebraska has historically been known as the Beef State and leads the nation in beef exports and commercial cattle slaughter. The cattle industry contributes $12 billion annually to Nebraska’s economy. Additionally, Nebraska has the top three beef cow counties in the U.S., which include Cherry, Custer, and Holt County.
Beef plays an important role in providing key nutrients for a healthy lifestyle. A three-ounce serving of lean beef contains nearly half of the Daily Value (DV) for protein. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, beef provides nine other essential nutrients including iron, zinc, phosphorous, selenium, niacin, riboflavin, choline, and vitamin B6 and B12. Research shows that lean beef can be included in a heart-healthy diet to aid in the reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels. The majority of preferred cuts of beef are lean and contain below 10 grams of total fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and under 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.
From ground beef-based casseroles to filet mignon, beef is a versatile commodity that is naturally nutrient dense. Visit https://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/ to find a beef recipe for any occasion. Enjoy some beef this grilling season in celebration and support of one of Nebraska’s largest industries. For more information go to: beef.unl.edu or contact Nebraska Extension Frontier Cunty Office at 308-367-4424.