Beef Shank:The beef shank is the leg of the animal, and is extremely tough and full of connective tissue. (Note also that each side of beef has two shanks, one in the forequarter and one in the hindquarter.) Beef shank is used in making the luxurious Italian dish osso buco.
That's it for the forequarter. Next let's look at the beef primal cuts that come from the hindquarter.