Beef is meat that comes from cattle aged at about 2-years-old. Steers usually weigh in at around 1,000 pounds and can yield up to 450 pounds of meat. There are more than 50 different breeds of beef --with Angus, Brahman, Hereford and Charolais being the most common. Baby beef is young cattle, weighing in at 700 pounds. These cattle feed primarily on milk and grass and yield smaller cuts. The meat is usually a light red and has much less fat than regular beef. Veal, which is the most controversial of all of the cattle meats, is from a calf that weighs about 150 pounds, is milk-fed and is usually less than three months old. Veal is a pale pink meat and has more cholesterol than beef.
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