Animated Short Shows Exactly What Happens To Cows Raised For Beef

The life of a beef cow is tragic one. The majestic bovine’s entire existence is centered around providing us carnivores with delicious red meat to grill, braise, and roast.

Sam O’Nella Academy created an animated video summarizing some common industry practices of raising and slaughtering cattle. The YouTuber notes, however, that no two farms are alike and that this video is merely a summary.

The slightly not-safe-for-work short follows a calf named Craig from birth to death. After the first ten months of his life, Craig is auctioned off to a feedlot until he is fully grown. He then goes to a packing plant to complete his life cycle and become beef.

After becoming stunned, or killed, the beef cows undergo an electrical stunning to speed up the process of rigor mortis. A few other things happen to Craig that we won’t go into detail with, but eventually he’s butchered into cuts and sent off to suppliers.

Check out the animated video to get an idea of what the life of a beef cow looks like. Their sacrifices will not go unappreciated.


How To Butcher An Entire Cow Cut By Cut [WATCH]

The cow is a versatile creature, as you can use practically every part of the animal in some food capacity. Have you ever wondered, however, what it takes to get those immaculate cuts of beef?

Bon appetit created a video that follows butcher Jason Yang from Fleishers Craft Butchery as he breaks down every part of a cow, explaining exactly how each part is used.

He points out the most popular beef cuts that include brisket, rib eye, chuck eye, steals, and flat irons. To get to these cuts, Yang slices and hacks his way through four sections of the cow: Round, loin, rib, and chuck.

Check out the extremely informative video to see exactly where the beef from your local butcher comes from, and the amount of work it took to get you that perfect cut. While we’re fascinated with meat as well as the butchering process, this video was a little bittersweet after watching Netflix’s Okja.

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Stolen 24-Foot Chick-Fil-A Cow Is Worth A Year’s-Worth Of Free Sandwiches


You’d think it’d be a little easier to find a 24-foot cow, but somehow, Chick-Fil-A’s giant inflatable mascot went missing after an Arizona State University football game.

It’s not a loss that the CFA owner is taking lightly, either, as he’s offering a year’s worth of free chicken sandwiches to whoever brings back the cow in one piece, according to Fox-10.

The beloved bovine was being used during an ASU game, and after he was put away, was found to have mysteriously disappeared from the back of a CFA truck.

Could it be the work of some stupid college kids? Probably, but we also can’t rule out the possibility of it being an anxious English professor who had enough of the cow’s terrible grammar and spelling.

Either way, the owner said he wants it back, no questions asked. So whoever took it has a golden ticket for free lunch daily.

h/t consumerist


New Startup Allows You To Buy Part Of A Cow Before It’s Turned Into Steak


The communion between meat lovers and startup geeks has produced Crowd Cow, an idea that allows individuals to buy shares of a cow before it is butchered and delivered to owners of the shares.

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the kinds of food they choose to put into their bodies and a handful of them are opting to eat grass-fed beef. While it’s difficult to trace the origins of the meat grocery shoppers purchase in their deli section of the store, Crowd Cowensures that people know exactly where their beef comes from.


The unique startup allows people to purchase shares that range anywhere from $9 to $45 depending on the type of cut. Owners have the option to buy in bulk with share packages such as the “Steak-Only Share” or the “Grill Master Share.”


Cows aren’t butchered until all shares of that cow are sold, according to the website. Once the deed is done, the fresh 100% grass-fed beef is shipped immediately to the front doors of owners of the shares.


Crowd Cow’s stated mission is to deliver convenience, quality and taste of their product and services. Meat lovers are able to buy the exact cuts and quantity directly from the rancher through online ordering.

h/t: Munchies

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark


Here’s Why It Took This Guy 6 Months To Make A Sandwich [WATCH]


To the experienced, making a sandwich shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. If your fridge is stocked, all you have to do is grab your ingredients and start building. If you want to make your sandwich from scratch, however, it could take up to six months.

Andy George from the series How To Make Everything wants to make a sandwich. Wanting to see what it takes to craft an entire sandwich with his own hands, he spends six months creating every ingredient from scratch.

This includes growing his own vegetables, harvesting wheat for bread, making salt from seawater, milking a cow to make cheese and even killing a chicken.

The half year experience cost him about $1,500. Definitely pricier than making a sandwich from groceries.

Check out the video below and watch the entire process.


A Super Simple Guide to Cuts of Beef, Prices and How to Cook It [Infographic]

fillet of grass-fed beef

Sometimes, the slick names for the seemingly endless cuts of beef leave you befuddled at the grocery store. Your eyes dart from the top sirloin to the ribeye, wondering why one costs more than the other. Then, when you finally choose to go with the ribeye and bring it home, you end up begrudgingly Googling the proper way to cook it.

For those familiar with the above scenario, this cheat sheet to cuts of beef shows you where each cut of meat is located on the cow, how much the cut costs and the best method to cook it. If you plan on grocery shopping this week, we recommend bookmarking or printing this guide out. It’ll be a huge help when trying to figure out what cut is best suited for the stew, pot roast, or stir fry you’re planning to make. Plus, you’ll be at ease knowing you have a better grasp of whether that flank steak is worth the extra bucks. Trust.

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NO BS: The Plural of Beef is ‘Beeves’


So you know how some animal names like “deer,” “sheep,” and “moose” are the same in the singular as they are in the plural? Well, it turns out “beef” isn’t one of them. Nope, the plural of “beef” is “beeves.” Yeah, with a “v.” 


It sounds like complete bullcrap, but if you look closely enough at the word’s entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, you’ll find the first plural form listed is in fact “beeves.” Same goes for and Merriam Webster. According to Google Books, “beeves” saw the height of its popularity back in the early 1800s, before trailing off by the 20th century. It has, however, recently seen a small resurgence since about 1995 — presumably because that was the year AOL first made useless trivia like this easily available to the masses via the world wide web. Or, you know, the incorrect form was starting to be some people’s pet beeves. (Thanks Chris.)


Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re just going to go sit and think long and hard about everything we ever believed to be true about the world. Because seriously, WHAT. THE. F*CK.

PicThx Food Cyclist


Apparently, 65% of the World Drinks Goat’s Milk Over Cow’s Milk


Despite America’s countless milk mustaches and the iconic “Milk, it does a body good” campaign, 65 percent of the world drinks goat’s milk over cow’s milk.

It’s worth noting that this worldwide preference for goat’s milk has happened without any high-powered marketing campaigns or celebrity endorsements. The simple reason for goat milk’s popularity seems to be the relative ease with which it’s produced.  One goat, which can produce an average of a gallon and a half of milk a day, more than enough for a single family, takes up less space and needs less feed than a dairy cow. This provides impoverished countries or homes without refrigeration, a cheaper and easier way to consume dairy.

Not only are goats easier to keep than cows, but goat milk is less likely to cause lactose intolerance (because it contains less lactose molecules) and is easier to digest than cow’s milk. It also contains less fat and is naturally homogenized, which means the fresh milk won’t separate, like cow’s milk tends to do.

While redditors are still contesting whether these statistics are true, there’s  little doubt that goat milk consumption is better for  the environment and for both cows and goats alike.  The jury’s still out on which one tastes better, but we bet milk from a happy grass-fed goat tastes pretty darn good.

Think “Got Goat Milk?” should be the new slogan? Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever tried it!

H/T Reddit + PicThx Goats on Things