Joe Roybal

Nation's Grazing, Corn Conditions Down; Soybeans Up Slightly

USDA's latest Crop Progress report (July 30) shows U.S. pasture and range conditions continuing to fall in quality. For the week ending July 29, 29% of pasture and rangeland in 48 states was categorized as Very Poor, while 28% was Poor, 26% was Fair, 15% was Good and 2% was in Excellent condition. Last week's Crop Progress report cited 26% as Very Poor, 29% as Poor, 27% as Fair, 16% as Good and 2% as Excellent.

Don't Handicap Our Productive Capacity
New research presented last month by Washington State University’s Jude Capper provides an eye-opening perspective on how modern technology in beef production not only feeds the world more efficiently but boosts the environment.
Top Utility Tractors For 2012
Too much work, too little time, not enough help – that’s the workaday life on a U.S. cattle operation. With no shortage of tasks that require pushing, pulling, lifting and digging, utility tractors are indispensible workhorses. Here’s a rundown of some of the units available for 2012.
Missouri Burning Up; Florida Faring The Best

Government estimates on U.S. pasture and range conditions for the week ending July 22 indicate a slight deterioration compared to the prior week. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 22, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NAAS) reports that 26% of U.S. pasture and rangeland was graded as Very Poor, while 29% were regarded as Poor, and 27% as Fair. Pasture and rangeland categorized as Good and Excellent were 16% and 2%, respectively.

LFTB – “Too Valuable To Waste” 2

Lean finely textured beef (LFTB) is too valuable to the U.S. consumer to be lost to the industry and will recover its position in the human food chain gradually over the next 2-3 years. That’s the estimation of researchers at Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group, a global team of more than 80 analysts who monitor and evaluate global market events that affect agriculture worldwide.

U.S. Grazing Conditions Continue To Slump

The latest USDA report on pasture and range conditions reveals continued deterioration of America’s grazing lands. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 8, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service reports that 21% of states reported conditions as Very Poor, while 29% were regarded as Poor, and 29% as Fair. States categorized as Good and Excellent were 18% and 3%, respectively.

Last week, 17% of acreage was categorized as Very Poor, 26% as Poor, 32% as Fair, 22% as Good, and 3% as Excellent.

Bailey Ballou Claims World Auctioneer Crown
2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion Bailey Ballou says his June win in Turlock, CA, is the culmination of a decade-long quest to claim the crown of the profession he loves.
Rubes® Cow-Themed Guitar Now Making “Moosic”
When cartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose Rubes® cartoon appears regularly in BEEF magazine, saw his son’s electric guitar, its shape reminded him of a cow’s head, and a cow’s behind. Rubin turned his inspiration into a “Moosic Man” guitar, an homage and a takeoff to the iconic creation of the Ernie Ball Music Man Company.
Scratching My Head Over “Frack-Free” Beef 4
This issue is important to U.S. beef producers because it’s important to every American. Higher-priced energy leads to higher-priced goods and services. That not only raises production costs, but suppresses demand for a lot of goods and services, not the least of which is beef.
Temple Grandin: LFTB Underscores Transparency Need 4
The social media frenzy that led to a retailer pullback on lean finely textured beef is reversible, says Temple Grandin. But the experience offers a lesson on the need for more transparency in how livestock producers operate and how protein is processed, the noted animal handling expert says.
Four Years Later, Is The Beef Industry Better Off?
Readers responding to BEEF magazine’s latest state-of-the-industry survey appear hungry for a change in administration. A majority of respondents say the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, and almost 75% say they intend to cast their November votes for the Republican Party.
BPI To Shut Three Of Four Plants; Kills 650 Jobs 1
One of the industry’s biggest success stories in carcass utilization – lean finely textured beef – falls victim to a consumer boycott based on misinformation and sensationalism. With demand for LFTB languishing in the aftermath of the “pink slime” debacle, Beef Products, Inc. announces the permanent closure of three of its four plants on May 25.
Former Starbucks CEO Shares Dance Steps For Success
Jim Donald built a reputation early on as a turnaround specialist of failing companies. His senior management experience includes such firms as Starbucks, Pathmark Stores, WalMart and Albertsons. During the recent 4C Summit in Seattle, Donald passed on to attendees his six dance steps for leaders to succeed in business.
Extra Thoughts On April Issue Stories

A pair of articles in our April issue, “Buzz Killers” (page 22) and “The Grass Tetany Puzzle” (page 32), generated some spirited post-publication feedback that deserves added comment.

Fat Beef Trim Prices Taking A Hit In Futures Market
What effect will the negative publicity on lean finely textured beef (LFTB) have on consumer demand? It’s always hard to speculate how consumers will respond to specific issues, but writers for a daily newsletter for the CME Group believe it’s fair to assume that the longer the issue percolates in the press, the more significant the impact on demand.

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