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July is Beef Month in Wisconsin!
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/01/2014

The celebration of June Dairy Month continues into July as Wisconsin cattle producers celebrate Beef Month. According to Wisconsin Beef Council Marketing Director Angela Horkan, the cattle industry plays a crucial role in the state's economy--and nearly everyone plays a part in making that happen.

"Wisconsin's beef industry has grown considerably in the past 20 years," Horkan says. "Since 1987, the cattle feeding industry has doubled with over 250,000 head of cattle on feed in the state, putting Wisconsin at 12th in the U.S. in this category. Since that time, the beef cow inventory in the U.S. has decreased by 8.5 percent, while Wisconsin's beef cow herd has grown over 44 percent.

The industry provides more than 35,100 jobs in Wisconsin and contributes $2.1 billion in total income. It also accounts for $6.94 billion on farm and processing revenue--generating over $200 million in state and local government revenues.

Much of the state's beef cow herd is located in western and southwestern portions of the state. Grant County, the state's top beef cow county, has nearly a tenth of the state's beef cows, according to the WBC.

Meanwhile, the state's beef checkoff helps local producers by providing an avenue to promote their products to a very large consumer base.

For more information about the Wisconsin Beef Council or to request informational literature, call 608-833-7177.

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