“May Beef Month” highlights Iowa’s beef cattle industry

| April 29, 2021

Contact: Anna Hastert, Director of Communications, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, (515) 296-2266

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association thanks Gov. Kim Reynolds for proclaiming May as “Beef Month” in Iowa. Each year, roughly 20,000 beef cattle operations generate more than $6 billion of economic activity in the state. 

During “Beef Month,” the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association invites producers and consumers across the state to join our efforts in sharing how beef contributes to a healthy diet. Iowa’s cattlemen work hard to feed a growing population, while stewarding our land and natural resources. The value of beef reaches far beyond your plate.   

WHEREAS, Iowa is a major beef producing state with more than 3.6 million head of cattle as of January 1, 2021; and 

WHEREAS, the beef cattle industry generates approximately $6 billion of economic activity in the state; and  

WHEREAS, today’s beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food providing protein, iron, zinc, and B-vitamins with more than 30 beef cuts that meet the government’s definition for “lean”; and 

WHEREAS, cattle producers are the original stewards of the land, working to improve productivity by conserving and making optimum use of natural resources; and  

WHEREAS, Iowa is a leader in the export of value-added agriculture products, shipping high-quality Iowa beef to other countries around the world; and  

WHEREAS, there is an ever-increasing need for better understanding of the benefits that the beef cattle industry provides to all Iowans: 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2021 as 


in Iowa, and urge all citizens to appreciate the contributions the beef cattle industry continues to provide our state.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 9,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.” www.iacattlemen.org.