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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia is ready and willing to supply the lean product needed to fill the supply shortfall if the negative publicity of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) can’t be overcome in the U.S. In fact, the Australian beef industry estimates are that Australian beef exports could potentially increase by 60% in the next 12-18 months as Australian beef is used to fill the void in meat supply left by LFTB.
When Darin Mann decided his future lay with the family feeding and farming operation in Parma, ID, he and his father Kent knew M/M Feedlot had to expand. One big challenge was how to dispose of the manure produced by an additional 4,000 head. Their resolution wasn’t more land, it was less manure – via composting.
Sioux City, IA, is the epicenter of the U.S. beef industry this weekend, as political leaders, academia, food safety advocates and cowboys gather to fight the negative effects of recent media coverage regarding lean finely textured beef (LFTB).
Either driven by saving money, getting the most for their protein dollars, or learning more about the foods they choose, consumers want more information at the meat counter, a SupermarketGuru poll concludes.
Federal and state governments control 90% of Alaska, 80% of Nevada, 70% of Utah, 65% of Idaho and 55% of Wyoming and Arizona. And that doesn’t even include military or tribal land, nor water areas, leases or easements. In fact, the federal government is by far the largest landowner in the U.S.
On the heels of the world’s population just eclipsing 7 billion people, on its way to a UN-projection of 9.3 billion by 2050, came a curious article in January listing the five “most useless” college degrees. Among the top five were agriculture, animal science and horticulture in the first, fourth and fifth slots. The other two were fashion design and theater.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has built a loyal following for its gourmet burritos by appealing to the trendy, emotional side of food. But it isn’t winning many fans of conventional agriculture who say the fast-casual chain is spreading and profiting on misinformation