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Beef Production by State 2020

Beef Production by State 2020

The United States is the world’s largest producer of beef, primarily high-quality, grain-fed beef.

The U.S. beef industry is roughly divided into two sectors: cow-calf operations and cattle feeding. The focus of the cow-calf operation is to maintain a herd of beef cattle to raise calves. The cattle feeding sector focuses on preparing cattle for various means of production.

Beef cattle are raised in all 50 U.S. states. All cattle and calves in the United States totaled 94.4 million as of January 1, 2020. In 2020, the projected beef production is 27.48 billion pounds.

The number of cattle in every state is a good indicator of how much beef each state produces. Thirty states have over 1 million head of cattle, fourteen of those states have over 2 million, and nine of those states have over 3 million.

States with the Most Cattle

1. Texas

Texas has about 13 million head of cattle, about 13.77% of the total cattle in the United States. Texas has the second-largest economy in the nation behind California, with agriculture being one of its most important sectors. Unsurprisingly, cattle are the state’s top commodity, accounting for over half of the state’s total market value of all commodities. Since 1967, Texas has had 11 million head of cattle or more every year with the highest being 16.6 million head.

2. Nebraska

Nebraska has the second-highest number of cattle in the U.S. of 6.8 million head. This comprises about 7.20% of the total headcount in the United States. Nebraska’s beef industry has a $12.1 billion contribution to its economy and the state has about 4,570 cattle feeding operations statewide. Nebraska consistently has more cattle in the state than it does people.

3. Kansas

Kansas is home to 6.83% of the United State cattle or 6.45 million heads. The beef cattle sector is the single largest sector in the Kansas agriculture industry. According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, beef cattle farming and ranching has a direct output of approximately $6.3 billion and employs over 34,000 Kansas residents. Beef and beef product exports from Kansas account for about 18-26% of total U.S. beef exports.

4. California

California has the fourth-highest number of cattle in the United States of 5.2 million. This is about 5.51% of the total U.S. cattle. California is the nation’s top agricultural state overall. In 2017, cattle and calves generated about $3.2 billion in revenue and the state was home to 13,694 cattle ranches.

5. Oklahoma

Oklahoma also has about 5.2 million cattle, tied with California as having the fourth-highest number. Even with such a large number of cattle, about 97% of operations are family-owned and operated. The beef industry is the state’s largest agriculture segment and is valued at approximately $4.8 billion.

6. Missouri

Missouri has the sixth-highest number of cattle in the United States with 4.35 million head. This is about 4.61% of the total U.S. cattle. Missouri is also one of the top states for herd expansion. Missouri’s beef industry directly provides over 45,000 jobs and supports over 72,000 jobs (directly, indirectly, or induced).

7. Iowa

Iowa has the seventh-highest number of cattle with 3.9 million, about 4.13% of the total U.S. cattle. In 2017, Iowa’s cattle industry contributed over $6.8 billion in business activity to the state’s economy. Jobs directly and indirectly related to the cattle industry and jobs induced by the cattle industry total 33,147. In 2018, Iowa’s beef and beef variety exports totaled 2.983 billion pounds.

8. South Dakota

South Dakota ties with Iowa as having the seventh-highest number of cattle with 3.9 million head. There are about 17,000 ranch and cattlemen that produce these 3.9 million head of cattle, with the majority of them are in family businesses. The direct impact of the beef industries in South Dakota is $2.284 billion and over 12,500 full-time jobs.

9. Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a total of 3.45 million head of cattle, comprising about 3.65% of the United State’s total. Wisconsin’s beef industry provides 35,100 jobs and contributes $2.1 billion in total income to the state’s economy. Additionally, the beef industry allows more than $200 million to be provided annually to state and local governments through income, sales, and property taxes.

10. Colorado

Finishing the top ten beef producers is Colorado, which has 2.8 million head of cattle or 2.97% of the U.S. total. There are about 11,267 beef cattle farms in Colorado, 91% of which are family or individually owned. Colorado is the fourth-largest exporter of fresh and frozen beef in the United States. Colorado’s leading producer of beef is Weld County.

Here are the 10 states with the highest number of cows:

  1. Texas (4,655,000)
  2. Oklahoma (2,150,000)
  3. Missouri (2,059,000)
  4. Nebraska (1,941,000)
  5. South Dakota (1,818,000)
  6. Kansas (1,529,000)
  7. Montana (1,448,000)
  8. Kentucky (1,017,000)
  9. North Dakota (985,000)
  10. Iowa (950,000)


CategoriesHalal Healthy Foods Meat

Best Halal Practises

Halal And Best Practices

These “best practices,” as the business world outlines, are guidelines or ideas that lead to the best possible course of action. So how does this term relate to halal?

They relate in many ways, in fact. If you consider the way slaughtering animals in the zabiha manner, the ritual means much more than how and where to cut the neck. The animal should not feel any pain, should live a good life before they are killed, must be comfortable during the slaughter, cannot see another animal being killed, cannot see the blade being sharpened, and must be killed using the best of knives by a Muslim in a clear state of mind.

Beyond the Slaughter

Beyond the slaughter, however, halal products and services must fall under a set of guidelines. These guidelines ensure the product is more than safe for the body. In addition, also being safe to the soul of a Muslim. This means safeguarding the religion on behalf of the person you are preparing the food or service for. This is a large responsibility that is also considered a “best practice.”

Having the best possible farm that produces the best meat before slaughter also fits the bill. As does having the best food processing plant that produces flavorful, healthy, and halal items. “Best practices” can be seen as a synonym for a Muslim engaging in the modern world as God wants them to.

Bearing the responsibility of offering halal services is also a noble endeavor. This is why the American Halal Institute partners with some of the best companies for testing food, products, and services. This enables us to provide Muslims more than just Sharia compliance, but also a level of quality that is superior.

With regard to food testing, we have partnerships with some of the leading chemical analysis firms in the country. In line with the concept of “best practices,” we streamlined our testing process. We want to make everything easy for the product manufacturer. In addition, we utilize our resources in the best possible way.

At the end of our simple yet thorough procedure, the halal certificate awarded to the company responsible for the product means that the “best practices” have been implemented at every step of the way. This means all the way from product design, through the manufacturing process, then in testing, and throughout distribution, everything is halal.

For Muslims, halal and “best practices” should be synonyms. They definitely are at the American Halal Institute.

(Source: American Halal Institute)

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What is the difference between Halal and Zabiha?

What is Halal?

Simply put, halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible” or “allowable.” While this writing pertains to food items, the word halal is a term that can refer to anything that a Muslim can do, wear, eat, say, or otherwise occupy their time with. The opposite of halal is “haram,” which means “disallowed” or “impermissible.”

The rulings for what is permissible is from the scholarly understanding of the Quran and Sunnah. Fornication is haram, marriage is halal; interest is haram, business is halal; pork is haram, most other food is halal; and so on. If someone is earning money through means not allowed in Islam, they are said to be earning a haram living, the opposite of having halal earnings through a permissible job, which can actually be considered worship if one is working for the right reasons (but that goes beyond the scope of this post).

Regarding food, while the Islamic position is actually quite easy, allowing most foods in some capacity, Muslims in the West should be careful that they are not consuming food products that contain haram ingredients. This means more than avoiding pork and alcohol. Certain types of enzymes and gelatin used for the production and/or preservation of many common items fall under the scope of impermissible food items. This is because they are from impermissible animal sources, such as slaughtering animals contrary to Islamic rulings.

What is Zabiha?

Zabiha refers only to meat products. The term signifies the meat is from animals who were the slaughter is in a permissible way. Again, the rulings regarding the killing of animals are actually quite simple. Beyond invoking the name of God at the beginning of the slaughter, careful attention must be paid to ensure that the animal feels as little pain as possible.

In order for meat to be considered zabiha, the animal must be slaughtered by an adult Muslim. The Muslim should be of a sane mind. As mentioned, they must invoke the name of God before they kill the animal. They then slit the throat in one swift motion, severing the jugular veins, esophagus, and windpipe. The animal must then be allowed to bleed out successfully before the meat is further processed for consumption or distribution.

To highlight the humanity of the zabiha slaughter, it is important to note that the killing of the animal must not be in the presence of the other animal being killed. In addition, the sharpening of the knife cannot be done in the animal’s presence. Allowing the animal to live a happy life before the killing is imperative. It must also be in a comfortable position while its throat is being slit. Also, one must carefully check the knife for any damages that may impact the slaughter, or lead the animal to feel any pain.

So How Are They Different?


For the purpose of meat, the terms halal and zabiha are often interchangeable. Therefore here they do in fact mean the same thing. The clear distinction, however, is that zabiha is for meat derived from an animal that was slaughtered by a sane Muslim adult across the throat without feeling any pain, while halal is used for anything allowed under Islamic law.

(Source: American Halal Institute website)