What are beef by-products used for?

Posted by Princess Royal Station on Dec 1, 2017 10:58:06 AM

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It is a well-known fact that focus of breeding beef cattle is to produce a food source. As the global population increases, so does the demand for beef.

Not all the carcass is fit for human consumption. Apart from the meat being the different cuts of beef, what happens to the parts that are inedible? It is true that some of the parts are in edible by-products. Here we are focusing on non-edible. Rather than wasting these products they can be used to make or help make non-edible products.

It is rather amazing to learn of all the different by-products. It could take days to list and describe all the different uses of non-edible products from beef cattle. We have listed a few different products below:

Apart from the meat being the different cuts of beef, what happens to the parts that are inedible?

From fats and fatty acids

  • Candles,
  • Soap,
  • Cellophane,
  • Ceramics,
  • Cosmetics such as lipstick,
  • Crayons,
  • Perfumes,
  • Paints,
  • Mouthwash & toothpaste,
  • Paper,
  • Shoe Cream,
  • Shaving Cream,
  • Insecticides,
  • Insulation,
  • Explosives,
  • Chewing gum,
  • Paints,
  • Medicines,
  • Creams and lotions,
  • Chemicals,
  • Rubber products,
  • Insecticides & herbicides,
  • Shaving cream,
  • Biodegradable detergents.


From hide & hair

Leather is a well know and common beef by-product of hide. Others include:

  • Sports equipment such as a football,
  • Insulation,
  • Paint and plaster binder,
  • Asphalt binder,
  • Ointment base,
  • Felt,
  • Paint brushes.


From bone, horns and hooves

  • Buttons,
  • Bone china,
  • Piano keys,
  • Glues,
  • Fertilizer,
  • Gelatine for photographic film, paper,
  • Wallpaper,
  • Sandpaper,
  • Combs,
  • Toothbrushes,
  • Gelatine Capsules,
  • Shampoo & Conditioner.

Leather is a well know and common beef by-product, made of the hide.

From intestines

Commonly known is that intestines are used to make natural sausage casings. Some non-edible uses are:

  • Instrument strings,
  • Surgical sutures,
  • Tennis racquet strings.

From Blood

  • Medicines,
  • Fertilizer,
  • Dyes and inks,
  • Adhesives.

This list is extensive, showing a wide array of different products that can be produced form the by-products of beef cattle. Some of the uses are commonly known, others are interesting to discover.


Topics: Cattle, Beef, Education, Industry, Beef Cattle, Production, Suppy Chain, Beef Market

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