Meat lovers may be in for a surprise when they see our list of 8 countries that produce the most beef in the world. If you are buying your beef in supermarkets and not in your local meat shop, chances are that bought beef comes from one of these countries.
Beef is world’s third most consumed meat in the world and occupies 25% of all meat production in the world. Since you are probably curious about the most consumed meats in the world, pork holds the top with poultry coming at the close second place.
Thanks to being an excellent source of minerals and proteins, beef is an important part of cuisine all over the world. The United States, Brazil, and China are world’s overall leading beef consumers, but when it comes to beef consumption per capita, Uruguay tops the charts. If you want to know more about overall meat consumption in the world, be sure to check our list of 10 countries that eat the most meat.
To find out 8 countries that produce the most beef in the world, we looked at United States Department of Agriculture report about world’s livestock and poultry trends. All other available sources have the same or similar numbers. In this report, as well as in others, there is joint data on European Union beef production, while single data about beef production show that there are no EU countries that could be on our list. We ranked the countries according to their beef production data from April 2016. The production is expressed in 1,000 Metric Tons. Note: We didn’t include the European Union on the list; since that is not a country, but it is important to say that EU countries combined produce 7,680 metric tons. of beef.