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Beef typically starts out on farms like Nathan Simpson's Maple Hill Farm in Loudon County.

Beef typically starts out on farms like Nathan Simpson's Maple Hill Farm in Loudon County in Virginia.

However, the cows only stay there until they're about nine months old.

"They travel to Texas, Kansas, Iowa to feedlots, states where the grain grows," Simpson explained.

They'll eat grains for another four months, then travel again.

"They're sold to a packing plant, they're harvested, then they're sold as beef in your grocery store," said Jennifer Houston, chairman of New Products and Culinary Initiatives Committee for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).

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