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Kansas Foundation for
Agriculture in the Classroom

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Discovering Beef

Beef cattle are one of the largest contributors to the world meat supply. Animals like beef cattle supply high quality protein to the human diet as well as key nutrients. Animal caretakers are responsible stewards of the animals in their care so they can produce the best possible food for human consumption. Producers have an obligation to supply the highest quality meat because beef is such an important food source for many people. 

Suggested Grade Level: 3rd-5th

Time: 15-30 minutes per lesson plan

Subjects: Language Arts, Life Science, Earth Science


  1. Students will learn the importance of resources to beef production. 
  2. Students will distinguish the differences between each stage of the beef life cycle. 
  3. Students will be able to identify beef animal products they use on a daily basis. 

Supporting Educator’s Guide Chapters: Animals Eat Plants, Too!