Celebrate Beef Month at Brown's Guttenberg

May is Beef Month in Iowa, and Brown's Guttenberg is celebrating in style by giving away complimentary, locally sourced beef patties to every person who takes a test drive.

On April 24, the Iowa Beef Industry Council published a press release in which Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad proclaimed May to be Beef Month and urged Iowans to show appreciation for the significant contributions provided by the beef industry.

In general, Iowa's cattle industry is a significant contributor to the state's economy, generating more than $6.9 billion annually and creating nearly 40,000 jobs, according to the Iowa Beef Industry Council. The total cattle inventory in Iowa as of January 2017 was approximately 3,850,000, and the state is an established supplier of quality beef in markets across the United States and abroad. 

In Clayton County, where Brown's Guttenberg is located, the beef industry - and agriculture, in general - also takes a prominent role in the local economy.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture for 2012, the most recent year for which verified data is available, the overall market value of cattle and calve sales in the county was $59,292,000 that year. The county's inventory of cattle and calves was approximately 70,000, the 12th highest in the state in terms of inventory items in that category. Also in 2012, 48,949 cattle and calves were sold, and 20,462 cattle were sold for slaughter. Livestock production provided 16.5 percent of all jobs in the county.

Strong community support is another indicator of how important the beef industry is as an economic engine. Organizations such as the Clayton County Cattlemen's Association dedicate their efforts to strengthening and promoting the future of the county's beef industry. For instance, in March, the association, along with the Clayton County 4-H Foundation and Clayton County Circle of Friends, hosted the Clayton County 4-H and FFA Beef Project Workshop, with the intention of holding another such event next year. The association also annually awards scholarships to high school seniors, giving preference to applicants pursuing degrees in the agriculture field and those who were involved in the beef industry as youth.

A sense of pride also encapsulates the legacy and current culture of Clayton County as a beef-producing region. The county annually elects a Beef Queen and Beef Princess. The current Clayton County Beef Queen is Haley Kann, of Guttenberg, and the current Beef Princess is Sandra Glawe, of Farmersburg; both were crowned at the Clayton County Cattlemen's Beef Banquet in November 2016.

Come celebrate Beef Month at Brown's Guttenberg this May. Each person who test drives a car off the lot will receive a free package of beef patties. Brown's is happy to serve all of Northeast Iowa, as well as nearby cities, including Dubuque; the Quad Cities; Cedar Rapids; Manchester; Waterloo/Cedar Falls; and Prairie Du Chien, Wis. Contact Brown's today to schedule a test drive - and get your barbecue ready!