What are beef cattle?

Science for Youth June 26, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Brahman Beef Cattle grazing in pasture
Image courtesy of USDA


Beef cattle are livestock that are raised for their meat.  The meat taken from the cow is called beef.  Therefore, cattle that are raised for their meat are called beef cattle.  There are many different types of beef cattle.  Each one has been bred for certain qualities such as size and health. 

Some different types of beef cattle are: 

  • Angus
  • Brahman
  • Brangus
  • Limousin
  • Long Horn
  • Hereford

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.