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U.S. beef market - statistics & facts

The United States tops the list of the globally leading beef and veal producing countries: the country produced 11.5 million tons of beef and veal (net carcass weight) as of 2020, followed by Brazil and the European Union, respectively. That year, total production of beef and veal amounted to 61.5 million metric tons worldwide.

Cattle farming in the U.S.

The United States is home to approximately 94.4 million cattle and calves as of 2020, a decrease from 94.8 million cattle and calves in 2019. There are over three times more beef cows than milk cows living in the United States. In 2019, the total carcass weight of worldwide U.S. beef and veal exports was over three billion pounds.

U.S. beef retail market

Beef is still the cash cow of the fresh meat retail department, with the highest retail sales within the category. Fresh ground beef is one of the most popular cut types among consumers, and had the highest category share with 42.1 percent in 2020.

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U.S. beef market - statistics & facts

The United States tops the list of the globally leading beef and veal producing countries: the country produced 11.5 million tons of beef and veal (net carcass weight) as of 2020, followed by Brazil and the European Union, respectively. That year, total production of beef and veal amounted to 61.5 million metric tons worldwide.

Cattle farming in the U.S.

The United States is home to approximately 94.4 million cattle and calves as of 2020, a decrease from 94.8 million cattle and calves in 2019. There are over three times more beef cows than milk cows living in the United States. In 2019, the total carcass weight of worldwide U.S. beef and veal exports was over three billion pounds.

U.S. beef retail market

Beef is still the cash cow of the fresh meat retail department, with the highest retail sales within the category. Fresh ground beef is one of the most popular cut types among consumers, and had the highest category share with 42.1 percent in 2020.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Beef market in the U.S.".

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