With the largest fed-cattle industry in the world, the United
States is also the world's largest producer of beef, primarily
high-quality, grain-fed beef for domestic and export use.
Nevertheless, the United States is a net beef importer, purchasing
lower-value, grass-fed beef destined for processing. The U.S.
industry is roughly divided into two production sectors: cow-calf
operations and cattle feeding. Because the cattle/beef industry
depends on feed grains, grain supplies and prices affect beef
production. ERS provides:
- Monthly reports on cattle and beef industry market outlook and
data covering supply, use, prices, and trade.
- Data products that include current trade indicators; retail,
wholesale, and farm values for beef; and historical data on
production, use, and trade for the cattle and beef sector.
- In-depth analyses of conditions and events that influence
domestic and global cattle and beef markets, including food safety
and trade policy.