Raw beef is dropped by Cows and Mooshrooms when killed. Each animal has a chance to drop 1–3 raw beef. The Looting enchantment will increase the maximum number of possible raw beef drops by 1 per level. Each piece of raw beef restores 1.5 hunger points () and grants 1.8 points of saturation. Raw beef can also be used to heal or breed tamed wolves.
- Before update 1.8, raw beef could be traded with butcher villagers at a rate of 14–17 raw beef for 1 emerald; however, this feature was removed in this update.
- Raw beef's texture in Beta 1.8 had a black outline, but was changed in 1.4.2 to the current texture.