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Kentucky celebrates Beef Month in May

Kentucky celebrates Beef Month in May

By Blake Jackson

Kentucky Beef Month kicks off with a proclamation signed by Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jonathan Shell, recognizing the dedication and contributions of the state's beef cattle producers. Here's a glimpse into the celebration and the importance of Kentucky's beef industry:

  • Kentucky's Beef Inventory: With over 907,000 head of beef cattle, Kentucky boasts the largest beef inventory east of the Mississippi River. The state is home to 31,060 beef cattle producers, demonstrating the industry's significant presence and impact on Kentucky's agricultural landscape.
  • Economic Contribution: Kentucky's beef industry plays a vital role in the state's economy, generating substantial revenue and supporting rural communities. In 2023, the state produced approximately 705 million pounds of beef valued at $1.23 billion. Cattle cash receipts ranked fifth among Kentucky commodities, contributing 13 percent to the state's estimated $8 billion in agricultural cash receipts.
  • Resilience and Growth: Despite challenges such as drought and high production costs, Kentucky's beef industry has shown resilience and growth. In 2023, beef cow numbers rebounded, reflecting the sector's value and importance to the state's overall economy.
  • Support and Advocacy: To protect the interests of beef producers, Commissioner Shell and Attorney General Russell Coleman have opposed a new federal proposal targeting Kentucky's meat and poultry processing industry. They argue that compliance with the proposed regulation could impose significant financial burdens on Kentucky entrepreneurs and disrupt the farm-to-table supply chain.

Kentucky Beef Council Chair Ryan Miller emphasizes the significance of May as National Beef Month, highlighting the opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of beef producers while promoting the industry's products.

As Kentucky commemorates Beef Month, it's a time to recognize the resilience, dedication, and contributions of beef cattle producers to the state's economy and agricultural heritage. Let's celebrate and support Kentucky's beef industry as it continues to thrive and grow.

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