Australia produces 3% of the world’s beef supply and we can ‘steak’ our claim as the third largest beef exporter in the world. Despite this, and the fact that Australians eat more red meat than anyone else, beef is now the third most popular meat for Australian households.
Here are 3 reasons to show beef a little more love.
1. It’s an Aussie thing
Cattle were brought to Australia with the First Fleet to help the development of the country, but they soon escaped (this seems to be a recurring theme!). The elusive cattle quickly adapted to their new environment and increased in number until the commercialisation of cattle farming.
This commercialisation, bolstered by the gold rush in the mid-1800s, helped build the foundations of not only a flourishing industry but the Australian culture. From the great Sir Sidney Kidman to a pie and sauce at a football game, beef has undeniably left its mark on Australia.
It’s good for you
When you’re thinking about beef it’s not hard to envisage yourself enjoying a tasty morsel of the aforementioned meat, BUT do you ever consider everything else beef has going for it? According to MLA, “Red meat provides a unique bundle of nine essential nutrients” including:
· Iron (creates haemoglobin to carry oxygen around the body)
· Zinc (strengthens the immune system)
· Vitamin B12 (supports the nervous systems)
· Omega-3s (supports normal brain function)
· Protein (assists growth and development)
· B group vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6) and Phosphorus (produce energy from food)
Now, we’re no medical professionals but that sounds pretty good to us!
It’s good for our economy
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· Approx. domestic expenditure on beef and of beef consumed per person.
· The total beef and veal export value of
· Australian live cattle exports were valued with exported.