Kentucky's Beef Industry

  • Kentucky ranks 8th in the nation in beef cattle inventory, and has the most beef cattle of any state east of the Mississippi River.

  • Kentucky has about 1,033,000 head of beef cattle, with 33,823 beef cattle producers whose herds average about 31 head each. 

  • In 2018 gross receipts from the production of cattle totaled $740 million, ranking it fourth among all commodities. 

  • There are many different breeds of beef cattle produced in Kentucky, but one of the most popular breeds are the Angus cattle. 

    Top beef cattle counties in Kentucky:

    1. Barren

    2. Pulaski

    3. Madison

    4. Warren

    5. Breckinridge

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service and Economic Research Commission

Kentucky is the largest beef cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River. Take a look into how we do Beef in the Bluegrass.

Family, Faith & FArming

Along with their purebred Angus herd of about 300 mama cows, the Smith family grows crops for their own cattle feed throughout the year.

Meet a Kentucky Farmer - Daniel Hayden Meet Daniel Hayden, a second generation Daviess County cattle and poultry farmer. Daniel is a passionate advocate for agriculture and loves to share his story! Follow him on Snapchat @dhayden1999 for your daily dose of "Beef Brag" and "Chickenology.”

Sara Place from National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Dr. Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis talk sustainability.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to A Kentucky Beef FArm

Join Kentucky kid Kylie as she visits a beef cattle farm in Danville owned and operated by Spencer and Carly Guinn. They tell Kylie how cows are cared for to put beef on our tables, as well as used for a number of everyday products.

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