Is ox meat beef?

I know oxen are somehow related to cattle, but were one to butcher one, would it be beef?
08:01 Tue 28th Sep 2004
Best Answer

No best answer has yet been selected by helluvaday. Once a best answer has been selected, it will be shown here.

For more on marking an answer as the "Best Answer", please visit our FAQ.

1 to 4 of 4

The species is cattle (unfortunately, like "people" there is no proper singular). Oxen are fully mature (over about 4 years old) castrated male cattle, although the term is sometimes used more generally for any draught cattle, as in "ox-cart". Younger castrated males are steers or bullocks, and of course entire males of any age are bulls. Oxen are taller and lighter-built than bulls, with muscular shoulders instead of a "bull-neck". Steers are much the same shape as females. Young females are called heifers, and after their first calf they are cows. The meat of all of them is beef, except calves which are of course veal. Related species would also be beef and would have oxen, heifers etc: water buffalo, African buffalo, yak, kouprey, mithun, bison (called buffalo by Americans) etc etc. Oxen are extremely rare in the UK nowadays. This is because they can now only be used for beef, and beef is always killed young. In places where cattle are used for draught, or are reared less intensively, oxen are much more common. Commercial intensive farmers in Britain (that is, nearly all of them) usually kill at about 20 months. Currently the law in the UK forbids eating animals killed over 30 months -- this was originally to protect people from BSE, but is now no longer needed. It is an ongoing scandal that it has not been changed. Our own beef is killed at 30 months, and even that makes supermarket beef look like veal. We did have an ox until recently. He had to go, so was incinerated under the government scheme -- a shocking waste of hundreds of kg of perfect beef. I could get quite upset about it. Most over-age animals are of course old bulls and cows past breeding or milking, but perfect for pies, dog food etc -- those things are now made from prime young beef.
Gosh, I am learning stuff every day in Answerbank. I did not realise that I was so thick!
LuckyJim - Don't do yourself down! Not knowing something is not at all the same as being thick. There are people who know enormous amounts but can barely string an intelligible sentence together. There are very bright people who don't know much. There are also many people who are neither knowledgeable nor particularly bright, but who have an abundance of commonsense, or other important talents. Everyone is good at something, and I suspect every bright or knowledgeable person is hopeless at something. I can't put names to faces to save my life. I know a professor who is extremely erudite, has probably saved tens of thousands of lives, has a string of important patents, but has not the first idea about how to communicate with his own children.
That was a great message New Forester! I joined this site just to leave a comment about your message. It's great when you find truly helpful and insightful replies on the web! :)

1 to 4 of 4

Related Questions

My daughter bought quite a lot of sliced roast beef and a large pork pie for a family tea that was cancelled at the last minute, can she freeze both and for how long please.
I tried this last night at tea time and it was so tasty...I know hard to believe as kebabs are usually only tasty after a night out :) Cooked in the slow cooker, so the fat drains leaving a very...
My girlfriend bought me a mincer attachment for my Kenwood Chef Major. What cuts of meat would you use in it for best results? I want to mince beef,lamb and turkey mostly.
I am stuck on 25ac. Help please. The theme is meats, other answers being "lamb","pork", "beef" "veal". Comedy that's made of (a meat) (5). F?R?E. Is the answer FARCE? If so, how does it parse....
Why is beef meat red and poultry meat white? This one has me stumped and I don't know the answer. One of lifes great mysteries.
Hi all! I'm about to start making a beef stew in my slow cooker, but as they only had one pack of diced beef in the shop, I also got a pack of beef meat balls. Can I put them in at the same time as...

Latest posts