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May is Beef Month

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to announce that May is Beef Month in Iowa. Governor Terry E. Branstad has signed the May Beef Month proclamation in recognition of the importance of Iowa's beef industry to the state's economy. The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to present the following proclamation.

Whereas Iowa is a major beef producing state with nearly 3.9 million head of cattle on January 1, 2012; and

Whereas the beef industry contributes greatly to our economy by generating in excess of $5.1 billion annually, and creating jobs for nearly 40,000 Iowans; and

Whereas today's beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food providing protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins; and

Whereas beef producers are the original environmentalists working to conserve the soil and making optimum use of natural resources; and

Whereas Iowa is a leader in the export of value-added agriculture products, shipping high-quality Iowa beef to other countries around the world; and

Whereas there is an ever-increasing need for better understanding of the benefits that the beef industry provides to all Iowan's;

Now therefore, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2012 as Beef Month in Iowa, and urge all citizens to appreciate the contributions the beef industry continues to provide to our state.

Beef Trivia


Q. One 3-ounce serving of beef provides how many essential nutrients?

A: Ten: protein, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, and choline.

Q. Beef has Z.I.P. What does ZIP stand for?

A: Zinc, Iron, And Protein: Beef is a good source of these nutrients.

Q. According to the USDA MyPlate, a serving size of beef is how many ounces?

A: A serving of beef is 3 ounces, cooked and trimmed. This is about the size of a deck of cards.

Q. One 3-ounce serving of beef provides how much of your daily recommended protein?

1.) 10%

2.) 25%

3.) 51%

A: The correct answer is (3); a 3-ounce serving of beef provides 51% of your daily recommended protein

Q. To what temperature should ground beef be cooked?

A: Ground beef should be cooked to a safe and savory temperature of 160°F - the center of the burger is no longer pink and the juices run clear

Just for Fun:

Q. What is the current nationally advertised slogan for beef?

A: "Beef. It's What's for Dinner."

Q. What is the music in the "Beef. It's What's For Dinner" commercial?

A: 'Rodeo' by Aaron Copeland.

Q. Top quality leather basketballs are made from cowhides. How many basketballs can be made from 1 cowhide?

A: 11- according to Wilson Sporting Goods Company.

Q. What are NFL footballs made of?

A: Cowhide.

Q. What is the most popular holiday for barbecuing?

1.) Memorial Day

2.) Fourth of July

3.) Labor Day

A: The correct answer is (2). A majority (70%) of grill owners barbecue on the Fourth of July. Memorial Day is the second most popular with 62% while Labor Day is third with 55%.

What Steak am I?

Q. What is the name of this steak?

This name is the steak which is actually a recipe for a large tenderloin steak for two people. It was created during Napoleon's era, for a French author and statesman. The steak is usually broiled and served with a béarnaise sauce.

A. Chateaubriand.

Q. What is the name of this steak?

This steak name is actually a recipe which was created in a city in England; the recipe was first printed in the U.S. in 1946. The traditional recipe calls for flank steak that is marinated and broiled or grilled, and served by carving in thin slices. Other cuts besides flank can be used.

A. London Broil.

Q. What is the name of this steak?

This steak was named after porter houses, or coach stops, where in the early 1800s, travelers stopped to dine on steak and ale. This steak became popular in the U.S. around 1814 when a New York City porter house keeper began serving it.

A. Porterhouse steak.

Q. What is the name of this steak?

This American "steak" is actually an oval ground beef patty, usually seasoned with onion and broiled or grilled. It is often served with brown gravy. It is named after the 19th century physician who recommended that beef, particularly chopped or minced beef, be eaten three times a day to ward off many ailments including anemia, asthma, rheumatism & tuberculosis.

A. Salisbury steak.


Q. The first beef cattle in the U.S. were what breed?

A: The first "beef on the hoof" were Longhorns, brought into the southwest by the Spaniards in the early 1500's.

Q. Which Iowa county has the most beef cattle?

A: Sioux County.

Q. Beef cattle are raised in how many Iowa counties?

A: All 99.

Q. What breed of cattle was begun in Iowa, near St. Mary's?

A: Polled Herefords.

Q. Where does Iowa rank compared to other states for the number of all cattle and calves?

A: Sixth (tied with Missouri)

Q. What was the total cattle inventory in Iowa on January 1, 2012?

A: 3.9 million

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