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Hereford, Texas: The beef capital of the world

03-26-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Hereford, the county seat of Deaf Smith County in Texas. Hereford is known as the beef capital of the world because of the large number of cattle fed in the area.

The city is named for the Hereford breed, a British breed of beef cattle originally from Herefordshire. According to ESA, there are a variety of crops are grown in the area, including corn, wheat, maize, soybeans, and onions. 

ESA’s composite image is a colorful patchwork of agricultural fields across the High Plains in Texas, in which shades of red, yellow and green depict changes in vegetation growth at the beginning of the season. 

The image was created by combining three separate images from a Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission in the spring of 2019, Hereford, Texas: The beef capital of the world as shown above showing how Hereford can be spotted in the bottom center.

ESA explains that black patches of land indicate very low vegetation for the season, while white signifies a high level of vegetation during these dates.  It is also known as the Beef Capital of the World because of the large number of cattle fed in the area. The city is named for the Hereford breed. The local economy is affected significantly by growth in the dairy and ethanol industries

Video Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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