July is Beef month! To celebrate, Coffee County 4-H Beef Ambassador, Emma Crabtree, is hosting a Beef-themed community event that is open to the public! We hope you will join us on Tuesday, July 23rd from 4-7 p.m. for a coloring contest, art contest, games, food, and more at the Manchester Farm Bureau CORRAL room (225 E Main St, Manchester).

Official contest rules and coloring pages can be picked up in the UT/TSU Extension office (1331 McArthur St., Manchester) or downloaded from: https://tiny.utk.edu/beefmonth

In preparation for the event, brush up on your beef knowledge with these quick facts from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

  • All cattle, whether grass or grain-finished, spend the majority of their lives eating grass on pastures, and beef is a natural source of more than 10 essential nutrients, like protein, iron and zinc.
  • Grain-finished beef cattle provide 19% more human-edible protein than they consume.
  • A 3-oz. serving of lean beef provides 25g (about half) of the Daily Value for protein.
  • Thanks to improved animal health, welfare, nutrition, and genetics, today’s beef farmers and ranchers produce the same amount of beef with 33% fewer cattle than farmers and ranchers did in 1977.
  • Improved efficiency and animal well-being mean a 16% lower carbon footprint and fewer natural resources used for every pound of beef produced
  • The rumen microbes give cattle their upcycling super-power –cattle upgrade plants of little to no nutritional value to people to high-quality protein, micronutrients, and other important products.