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Nebraska Gov. Proclaims May as Beef Month

Even after the storms have passed and the clean-up has began, Nebraska still stands strong!

Gov. Ricketts hosts (left to right) Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman, Nebraska Cattlemen President Mike Drinnin, and Nebraska Beef Council Chairman Buck Wehrbein to celebrate Beef Month. Photo by

Governor Pete Ricketts was joined at the State Capitol by representatives from Nebraska’s beef industry to proclaim May as Beef Month.  Nebraskans celebrate Beef Month every May to highlight the importance of the cattle industry to the state.  The Governor hosted a press conference to sign an official proclamation and to provide an update on Nebraska’s growing beef industry.

“Nebraska’s beef producers are the best in the business.  Thanks to their excellent work, Nebraska tops all states in commercial red meat production and cattle on feed,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Nebraska beef has earned a worldwide reputation for its premium quality, and we’re now exporting more of it than ever before.”  

In 2018, Nebraska led the nation in beef exports with a total export value of $1.44 billion.  Nebraska’s beef exports increased by 14 percent from 2017 to 2018.  Total beef exports have exceeded $1 billion each year since 2014. 

In 2018, Nebraska’s top beef export markets were:

Japan - $412.1 millionSouth

Korea - $309.3 million

Hong Kong - $139.5 million

Mexico - $138 million

European Union - $124.3 million

Nebraska is first in the nation in rankings for beef exports, commercial cattle slaughter, and cattle on feed. 

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