May is National Beef Month

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By The Staff

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer invites Kentuckians to join him in celebrating National Beef Month in Kentucky in May.

“Kentucky is the largest cow-calf state east of the Mississippi River,” Commissioner Farmer said. “Kentucky farmers take in about $600 million a year from the sale of cattle and calves. I want to thank all of our beef producers for their efforts to produce quality products that help Kentucky’s economy, and I encourage all Kentuckians to do the same.”

The beef cattle industry has benefited greatly in recent years from programs that enable producers to add value to their cattle. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has invested more than $50 million in improved herd genetics and other projects that have enhanced the industry.

Cattle raised and sold through the Certified Pre-conditioned for Health (CPH-45) program and enrolled in the Process Verified Program, a third-party service approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sell for $1.50 to $2 more per hundredweight than cattle raised and sold conventionally, according to Kentucky Department of Agriculture beef marketing specialists. Producers enrolled in the CPH-45 program raise their cattle under a strict health regimen and sell similar cattle in large lots.

Scientific research shows high-quality protein, such as beef, helps people maintain a healthy body weight, build muscle and find the energy they need for physical activity, according to the Kentucky Beef Council.

“Beef is an important part of a balanced, healthy diet,” Commissioner Farmer said. “Beef provides the protein, vitamins and minerals we all need to do our best.”

The Beef Council’s “Get Grillin’” media tour is under way. To find an event in your area, or to find recipes, fact sheets and tips on grilling beef, go to www.kybeef.com.