September 1, 2020 marks Beef Day in New York, a day that would have been widely celebrated at the Great New York State Fair. New York Beef Council (NYBC) and the New York Department of Agriculture celebrate Beef Day in recognition of the contributions beef farmers make to the landscape and economy of New York.
In New York State, there are approximately 13,500 cattle farms with over 1.45 million cattle that supply nutritious, wholesome beef to consumers, and these farms contribute to New York State’s economy by generating more than $300 million in sales.
“New York is home to a vibrant beef industry, made up of many family-run farms, averaging 15 head. The success of our industry is due to the hard work and dedication of the men and women who work tirelessly to provide the best care for their animals and produce the highest quality beef,” shared Jean O’Toole, Executive Director of New York Beef Council. “NYBC works to promote and educate the 19.8 million consumers in the state on beef’s journey from pasture to plate and providing beef cooking tips and inspiration to ensure a positive beef eating experience.”
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Even though we are not able to gather together this year, I am glad fairgoers can still take part in this annual NYS Fair tradition and celebrate our State’s beef producers. I encourage everyone to learn more about our beef industry in New York State and recognize our farmers’ contributions to the agricultural economy.”
Fair Director Troy Waffner said, “We're always happy to help our friends support the great work of our state's beef producers. This pandemic has taught all of us that food is an essential service and our farmers are on the front lines of keeping all of us healthy. I plan to salute them in the State Fair tradition -- with a Hot Beef Sundae!”
NYBC offers a wide variety of in-person and virtual learning opportunities to connect with the beef community including farmers, veterinarians, butchers, and chefs. Follow New York Beef Council on social media for virtual farm tours, beef recipes, and more! For more information about the New York Beef Council visit www.nybeef.org.