Burt Rutherford

Articles by Burt Rutherford
blue jeans and beef demand
What’s The Similarity Between Blue Jeans and Beef Demand?
Beef demand has long been a topic of much concern in the industry, and rightfully so, because if consumers don’t buy beef, things get pretty tough back down the marketing chain. But what exactly is beef demand?
country of origin labeling debate continues
District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction In COOL Lawsuit
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week turned down a request for a preliminary injunction to stop USDA from going forward with implementing its mandatory country of origin (COOL) labeling rules while a lawsuit is still in play.
restocking cattle post drought
1 Drought; 2 (Or More) Questions
Once the drought breaks, cattlemen will want to return to their previous stocking rates. But “can I?” and “should I?” are two different things.
As Founding Editor of BEEF, Paul Andre Set The Bar High
Paul Andre, BEEF magazine’s founding editor, guided the magazine for 30 of its 50 years. And he set the bar high. Learn more about how Paul created one of the largest beef publications in the country from the ground up here.
rural economy outlook beef
Rural Economy Grows; Farm Equipment Sales Decline
While growth for the rural mainstreet economy remains healthy, it slowed a bit in August, according to a monthly survey of bank CEOs in a 10-state area.
outlook for U.S. beef industry relies on exports
Much Work Ahead As Cattlemen Look To Future 1
If thoughts of herd expansion finally come to pass, cattlemen have a lot of work ahead to reclaim lost market share. The question is this: will the U.S. beef industry be willing and able to claw its way back once expansion opportunities become real?
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Beef Demand And The Checkoff: Fewer Dollars, Greater Need 1
Beef demand is a moving target, with a remarkable number of factors that influence a consumer’s ultimate purchasing decision. The question is, in an era of shrinking beef checkoff dollars, which of those moving parts should the beef industry target?
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Cattle Industry Improves Overall Sustainability By 5% 7
The beef industry has conducted the most exhaustive lifecycle analysis ever done on a biological system. Now the results are certified. The beef industry’s overall sustainability improved 5% from 2005 to 2011.
how to rebuild cowherd
Rebuilding Cattle Herd Structure After Drought
Economists have recently opined that herd rebuilding could actually begin in the next year or two in some parts of the country. Here are ways you can take advantage of the trend, even if your ranch has been hammered by drought.
three cow profit tips
3 Tips For Increased Beef Cow Profits 1
The profit equation in the cow business is simple, really – you can increase revenue, you can decrease expenses, or both. But achieving simplicity can be very complicated. The secret is to avoid stepping on the cracks.
5 Experts Predict Cattle industry’s Future
If the past 10 years are any indication, the next 10 years for cattlemen will take plenty of unexpected turns. “Through The Crystal Ball Dimly” might be an appropriate title, because predicting the future is fraught with challenges. Five industry experts weigh in.
preconditioning calves pay
Ranchers, Take Note: Feedyards More Concerned About Pre-Arrival Management
As feed costs, feeder cattle prices, breakevens and bankers’ heartburn have increased over the years, feedyard managers are paying more and more attention to how feeder cattle are managed (or not managed) prior to arrival at the feedyard.
rural price index for agriculture economy
Farmland Price Growth Slows; Bankers Cautiously Optimistic
Rural economic growth continues at a healthy pace, despite predictions by ag bankers that growth in farmland prices will continue to slow and farm income will be down about 3% this year.
crossbreeding cattle
5 Thoughts From A Beef Industry Thinker
What happens when a fifth-generation cow-calf producer becomes an academic? You get a pretty darn good industry thinker, that’s what. Here are some of his industry contemplations.
red state economic recovery
Red States Boom While Blue States Struggle With Job Recovery
Economic recovery is stronger in Red States, causing at least one of them to raid Blue States for jobs.
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