6.3 billion pounds: Total estimated production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2012. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (estimated at 5.1 billion pounds) or Kansas (estimated at 3.8 billion pounds).
Photo: Cattle and a herding dog walk the pasture at sunset as record breaking heat moves across the country Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Bradfordton, Ill. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s are expected in the area this week. (AP Photo/Seth Pearlman)