FRANKFORT, Ky. – As the weather gets warmer, Kentuckians are again firing up their grills for tasty burgers and steaks. Gov. Steve Beshear recognizes this American tradition and proclaimed May 2014 Beef Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“I encourage all Kentuckians to support Kentucky’s beef cattle industry and to salute our 38,000 cattle farmers, during the month of May, for their contribution to Kentucky’s agricultural and rural economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has helped make this industry top notch, with nearly $70 million supporting projects related to the cattle industry in Kentucky, since 2001.”

Beef is good, and it’s good for Kentucky’s economy. From beef farmers to feed manufacturers, equipment dealers and food marketers, thousands of people play a role in bringing beef from pasture to plate. In fact, beef farmers generated more than $656 million in cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves in 2012. Kentucky has more than 2 million head of cattle on Kentucky farms. As one of the largest segments of American agriculture, the beef industry ranks in the top five among agricultural commodities in Kentucky.

Beef plays a key role in a healthy diet. Emerging research continues to support findings that protein, like that enjoyed in lean beef, can help people maintain healthy weight, build muscle and gain the energy they need for active lives. Since there are more than 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, like filet mignon, top sirloin and 93 percent lean beef, today’s consumers have plenty of healthy beef options.

Visit www.kybeef.com for ways to celebrate beef month or join in a Beef Council promotional event. All through the month of May, “like” Kentucky Beef Council on Facebook for a chance to win a Holland Vintage grill courtesy of The Holland Grill Company along with some great beef prizes from the Council to kick off the summer grilling season! For more information on Kentucky’s Beef Industry contact Alison Smith with the Kentucky Beef Council at 859-278-0899 or 859-285-0204.


Download a copy of Gov. Beshear's proclamation (PDF)



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