In cattle production, I can say that nothing is useless. We literally make use of everything. But our cattle rearers have given us the mindset that you only get meat (beef) and milk from cattle production. Cattle by products are the products we get from cattles, some are obvious while others aren’t. We’ll be looking at them all.

By products from cattle are used in manufacturing industries, our houses, etc. Here are some ways we touch cattles daily.

Products from fats/fatty acids & protein meals.

There’s a cattle fat or fatty acid and or protein meal in;

  • Candles
  • Ceramics
  • Explosives
  • Chewing gum
  • Cellophane
  • Paints
  • Toothpaste
  • Shoe cream
  • Shaving cream
  • Chicken feed
  • Herbicides
  • Crayons
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorants
  • Soaps
  • Insecticides
  • Mouthwash
  • Linoleum and more.

Products from cattle hair and hide (skin)

These products have made and is making life easy for individuals. The hair and skin of cattle are used in making;

  • Paint brushes
  • Sporting goods
  • Luggage
  • Boots and shoes
  • Rug pads
  • Gloves and belts
  • Purses and wallets
  • Upholsteries
  • Textiles
  • Hide glue and more

Pharmaceutical products

From the Pancreas

It is an ingredient in insuline for treating diabetes and high blood sugar.

Chymotrypsin promoteshealing of burns and wounds.

Pancreatin tablets aids in the digestion of food.

Glucagon treats hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

From the Liver

Heparin which is an anti-coagulant.

Liver extract treats anemia.

Vit. B-12 prevent B-complex deficiencies.

From the bone, horn and hooves

Bone marrow which treats blood disorders.

Soft cartilage as a plastic surgery component.

Bone meal which supplies calcium and phosphorus.

From the Pituitary gland

Blood meal which contains numerous nutrients like iron treats anemia

Thrombin – a coagulant which helps blood clot

Read also: Breeds of cattle

Products from horns and hooves

Lots of products including;

  • Piano keys
  • Dices 
  • Buttons
  • Syringes
  • Wallpapers
  • Wallpaper pastes
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Marshmallows
  • Abrasives
  • Bone meal
  • Fertilizers and more

Products from Milk

  • Butter
  • Ice cream
  • Whey
  • Cheese

Products from Dung

  • Methane gas
  • Manure

So you can see a cattle by product is in one or two things we eat or touch everyday, not just meat (beef) and Milk. Please share.


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