Beef and Oil

A Bird’s-Eye View of Two of Modern Life’s Most Precious Commodities

By Mishka Henner

Tascosa Feed Yard, Bushland, Texas—There were about 31 million beef cows in the US as of 2011, and 27 million feeder calves on their way to becoming meat. The country exported 2.78 billion pounds of beef that year, worth a total of $5.04 billion.