Celebrate National Beef Month
The month of May is officially National Beef Month—there is still time to throw a few steaks on the grill and celebrate! It’s also a reminder to recognize the efforts of the cattle ranchers and processors that work all year long to put high quality beef on our tables and to acknowledge their contributions to Montana’s thriving agricultural community.
It’s a well known fact that Montana has more cattle than people. According to the Montana Department of Agriculture’s NASS survey for 2022,
the state cattle inventory was an impressive 2.2M head—just about double that of the reported 1M people that call Montana home. With numbers like those, it should come to no surprise that the beef industry is a pretty big deal in Big Sky Country. Cattle production has long played a leading role in Montana’s economy and represents the largest grossing agricultural commodity in the state by a hefty margin. Cattle receipts contributed 37% of the total agricultural cash receipts for Montana in 2020, 22% more than wheat, the next highest grossing commodity.
Although Montana is ranked as sixth in the nation for total beef production, ask any Montanan and they will tell you the beef around here is the best. Ready to purchase some fresh Montana beef for yourself? Refer to the Montana Beef Councils online directory for a list of local beef producers, complete with a map to locate a producer near you.
Western Ranch Brokers is thankful to the men and women who work hard to produce beef of the highest quality right in our own backyard. Below are a few of the team’s favorite beef recipes. It’s what’s for dinner!
Interested in property suitable for cattle ranching? We can help. Contact us to get the conversation started and find out how we can go to work for you.