"It's what we have for dinner."
The entire beef community works every day to produce high-quality beef for Americans. So, where does it all begin? The beef life cycle begins on a cow-calf operation; where farmers and ranchers maintain a herd of mama cows for breeding.
First, cows (mature female cattle) and bulls (intact adult male cattle) are bred to produce calves. During the 9-month gestation period, farmers and ranchers play close attention to mama cows to make sure there are no problems with the pregnancy.
If any issues arise, a farmer, rancher or veterinarian can step in to ensure the health and safety of the mama and baby.