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How Much Beef?

A frequent question received by checkoff market researchers is: How much beef do Americans eat? There are some largely unsatisfying ways to get an answer to the question. If one takes total annual beef production and converts it to a boneless equivalent, divides by the population of the country, and then further divides by 365 days in a year, one can calculate per capita consumption of roughly two ounces per day. This is known as “disappearance data” and it bears little resemblance to eating beef in the real world.

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