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How Many Burgers Can You Make from One Cow?

CAFO Beef

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  • An average cow, which yields about 200 kilograms (or 440 pounds) of usable meat, could make 4,500 hamburgers at McDonald’s
  • The Iowa Beef Industry Council says you could make nearly 1,000 quarter-pound burgers from the ground beef from one 1,000-pound steer
  • CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) ground beef is typically an amalgam of meat from different cows, from different slaughterhouses

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever wondered how many hamburgers come from one cow? Online Magazine Today I Found Out reports that with an average cow, which yields about 200 kilograms (or 440 pounds) of usable meat, you could make 4,500 hamburgers at McDonald’s.


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