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Beef Cows

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Living on a beef ranch in the city and all, our family gets a lot of people telling us the reasons why they are vegetarians and why eating animals is so terrible and why us ranchers are going to go out of business soon. But before I start packing my bags, take a look at this.

A steer is a lot more than steak and roast beef. Cattle by-products are a part of many manufactured items that we use every day and their use enables us to use 99% of every animal.

You may normally think of beef as a hamburger, steak or a roast, which are served at meal times. But there are other edible parts besides the protein-packed muscle. The variety meats, such as livers and hearts, are just two of the many alternatives that are used in gourmet dishes. There are also edible by-products that are not quite so obvious. Do you know that gelatins in products such as ice cream and yogurt are made from the hooves, horns, hide and bones of the cow? Cattle provide a portion of the ingredients in manufactured products such as chewing gum. People depend on cattle for ingredients in many food products.

“What do beef cattle have to do with me? I don’t have any in my backyard!” This might be your first reaction to the statement above. However, items manufactured from beef by-products are part of our daily environment. The soap you washed with this morning; the baseball equipment in the closet; or even the paint on the walls of your home – all of these contain a beef by-product.

Tires have stearic acid from beef cattle, which makes the rubber hold its shape under continuous surface friction. Even the asphalt on our roadways has a binding agent from beef fat. Beef by-products are used in all sorts of mechanical items. Chemical manufacturers use numerous fatty acids from inedible beef fats and proteins for all sorts of lubricants and fluids.

You may normally think of beef as a hamburger, steak or delicious roast for a satisfying meal. But there are other edible parts besides the protein-packed muscle. The variety meats, such as liver and heart, are just two of the many tasty alternatives that are used in gourmet dishes.

There are also edible by-products that are not quite so obvious. Do you know that gelatins in products such as ice cream and yogurt are made from the hooves, horns, hide and bones of the cow?

Cattle provide a portion of the ingredients in manufactured products such as chewing gum. People depend on cattle for ingredients to make food products such as these:

sausage, candies, chewing gum, clarification agents for: juice, wine and beer consume. Cookies, gelatin in salads/desserts, head cheese, ice cream, marshmallows, mayonnaise oleo shortening, pate, sausage casings, yogurt and variety meats: liver, heart tongue, and kidneys.

The soap you washed with this morning; the baseball equipment in the closet; or even the paint of the walls of your home – all of these contain a beef by-product. The following contain one or more beef by-products:

bone china, bonemeal biscuits, boots, shoes, candles, cosmetics, crayons, deodorants, detergents, doggie chews, fabric softeners, floor wax, glue, insecticides, leather sporting goods, luggage, paint, pet foods, photographic film plastics, shampoo/cream rinses, shaving cream, soaps,  textiles, toothpaste, upholstery, and violin strings.

The medical world also relies on this resource for the pharmaceutical wonders it produces and uses. This is because cattle have great similarities in organic chemical structure to humans. Our bodies will easily accept a medication or treatment made with these animal components. Some products are synthesized. However, many are still made more economically from cattle.

Insulin – treatment of diabetes
Heparin – prolongs the time needed for blood to clot
Corticotrophin – used in the treatment of allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and respiratory diseases Thyrotropin – stimulates the thyroid gland

Parathyroid hormone – used to treat parathyroid deficiencies
Thrombin – promotes coagulation during surgery
Glucagon – treats hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Sodium levothyroxine – thyroid replacement therapy
Fibrinolysin – treatment of blood clots within the cardiovascular system Pancreatin – treatment of infants with celiac disease (gluten intolerance)

and related pancreatic deficiencies:
Thyroid – treats myxedema (metabolitic disease caused by deficient  action of the thyroid gland) in adults and cretinism (deformity

and mental retardation in children:
Parathyroid hormone – used to treat parathyroid deficiencies

Tires have stearic acid that makes the rubber hold its shape under continuous surface friction. Even the asphalt on our roadways has a binding agent from fat. Some other unusual but necessary products are:

asphalt, car polishes, waxes, rubber tires, hydraulic brake fluid, textiles for upholstery

Beef by-products are used in all sorts of mechanical items. Chemical manufacturers use numerous fatty acids from inedible beef fats and proteins for all sorts of lubricants and fluids.

animal feed, cement blocks explosives, fertilizers, high gloss for magazines, industrial, cleaners lubricants, molds for plastics printing ink whitener for paper.

Virtually the entire beef animal (99%) is used for something, but only 41% of it is used as meat. The rest of the steer is used to provide products we use daily.

Taken from USDA – Ag in the Classroom

I’m not sorry to say it, but I think we’re going to be around for a very long time. 🙂

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