YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Everything is better with cows around
By Jessica Domel
“Well everything is better with some cows around.”
That’s a catchy tune Corb Lund sings. And it’s true! It’s true!
What would we do without cows?
No juicy steak dinners. No hamburger cookouts. No roast beef on Sunday afternoon.
No cows, no butter. No cold glass of milk. No cheese.
No cows. No ice cream on a hot summer day.
Texas has more cows than any other state. It’s part of our heritage. But it’s also a big economic driver.
Cattle and calves bring in about $7.4 billion annually. Dairy generates another billion dollars. That’s a lot of moola!
But cows provide so much more than food. Fats and fatty acids in cows are used to make floor wax, candles, crayons, perfumes, soap and toothpaste.
And they also keep us healthy. Cows provide valuable medicines–like insulin–that save lives.
So next time you drive down a country road and see a herd contently grazing a green pasture, remember: There’s a little bit of cow in most everything!
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