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flesh of cattle prepared for food. It has become one of the chief products of the meatpackingmeatpacking
or meat-processing,
wholesale business of buying and slaughtering animals and then processing and distributing their carcasses to retailers. The livestock industry is among the largest in the world.
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 industry and is sold either chilled, frozen, or cured. The leading beef consumers, as well as exporters, are the U.S., the European Union, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. The carcasses, after being dressed, are split in half along the back and then cut into fore- and hindquarters. In the United States, beef usually reaches local dealers in this form and is cut by them into portions, e.g., shank, round, rump, loins (roasts and steaks), flank, rib (roasts), chuck, plate, and brisket. In addition, the heart, kidneys, liver, tongue, stomach wall (tripe), and tail are edible. The tenderest beef comes from steers (castrated males) and heifers (females that have not calved). The meat should be a clear, light-red color and firm. Beef from older cattle is converted into various products, such as beef extract, sausage, corned beef, and canned or potted products. Beef is a source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins, but many health professionals, stressing risks of heart disease and cancer from eating too much saturated fat, have urged cattle growers to produce leaner, organically fed beef and have encouraged the public to choose leaner cuts, serve a three-ounce portion, and reduce the frequency of beef in the diet.


See J. Simpson and D. Farris, The World's Beef Business (1982); J. Ubaldi, Jack Ubaldi's Meat Book (1987).


The flesh of a bovine animal, such as a cow or steer, used as food.


an adult ox, bull, cow, etc., reared for its meat
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Tecwyn Jones, of Ty Newydd, Nebo, watched the showdown from ringside, having already secured the Baby Beef title with a homebred heifer.
Tecwyn Jones, of Ty Newydd, Nebo, watched the showdown from ringside, having earlier secured the Baby Beef title with a homebred heifer.
Some make a distinction between veal and baby beef (or white and pink veal).
Carrying the flag for the north was Tecwyn Jones, of Ty Newydd, Nebo, Llanrwst, who led eightmonth-old Tequila, a Limousin cross heifer, to the Baby Beef title.
In practice, however, the imbalance in trade access will be rather minor as Serbia will continue to benefit from the EU's autonomous trade measures, which provide for duty-free access to the Union's market for practically all goods, including agricultural products, with no quantitative restrictions, except for duty-free or preferential quotas for some fishery products, baby beef and wine.
He led the Baby Beef championship with Little Mix, a home-bred Limousin cross heifer who won the same title at this summer's Anglesey Show.
The baby beef classes, which were first introduced to the programme in 2010, will be judged by Michael Durno of Auchorachan, Glenlivit.
The Conwy Valley producer saw Tequila, his Baby Beef champion, clinch the overall championship at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
The tasteless stuff from the market is from those little one-and-a-half year olds, and baby beef is no better.
Bred by Berwyn Hughes, Dewin Du has plenty of star quality, having won his Baby Beef class at last year's Agri Expo.