Livestock Learning: Beef and Pork Resources for January

The weather outside may be frightful for growing field and garden crops, but our livestock farmers are still hard at work all winter long raising animals to provide us with food and fiber. This month, we will celebrate beef and pork farmers by highlighting some of our favorite activities, printable resources, and ag-accurate books about these important livestock!

Livestock Learning: Beef and Pork Resources for January

Check out these fun facts about beef cattle:

  • Cattle can eat up to 40 pounds of food a day which includes grass, hay, corn, and silage!

  • Beef cattle only sleep about 4 hours a day!

  • The U.S. supplies 19% of the world's beef supply with 10% of the world's cattle.

  • The average American eats 11 steaks per year!

  • One cowhide can produce 11 basketballs, 144 baseballs, or 20 footballs.

Check out these fun facts about pigs:

  • In Illinois, there are over 2100 pig farms that raise more than 5.25 million pigs.

  • Pigs cannot sweat! That's why you often see them "wallowing in the mud" - to cool off.

  • Bacon is one of the oldest meats consumed in history.

  • Pork accounts for 40% of all meat consumed worldwide, making it the most consumed animal protein.

  • You may have heard a football nicknamed a "pig skin." This nickname is incorrect, because footballs are actually made from beef hide, not pig hide!

Read more about Beef and Pork

Read more about two of our favorite cloven-hooved animals with our non-fiction text resources. Check out our Ag Mags (4-8 grade), Readers (8-12 grade), Facts for Little Readers (K-1) and Ag-Venture Worksheets (to be paired with Ag Mags)!

Lessons for Littles

Cattle and pigs are very important to our food supply chain, and are fun to learn about, too! Check out some of our favorite lessons for littles about beef and pork.

Make Some Mini Maga"zine"s!

Our brand new "zine"s (mini magazines) are a fun, creative way to learn about various agriculture topics. Check them out at the buttons below!

Download our printable folding instructions or watch our instruction video to learn how to fold your "zines" from IAITC.

Lessons for Big Kids

We haven't forgotten about the big kids! Check out these amazing lessons to teach older students all about the digestive system of cattle.

These are a few of our favorite... books!

Virtual Farm Tours

Take a virtual tour of a beef farm (Derrer Farms - Milan, IL) and a pig farm (Brinkman Farms - Monroe County, IL)

More External Resources

Still looking for more? Check out these other great educational resources from our industry partners.

IBA Programs & Events
IBA Programs & Events
IL Pork Educational Resources for Teachers
IL Pork Educational Resources for Teachers
Article: Caring for Farm Animals During an Illinois Winter
Article: Caring for Farm Animals During an Illinois Winter

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