Feeder cattle buyers are increasingly seeking more management background on their purchases, with many working to build a network of preferred suppliers to source cattle that perform in the feedyard and help minimize economic risk....More
A new study by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) shows the effect that the Renewable Fuels Standard has on food costs for chain restaurants. The study found that total costs increase by as much as $2.5 billion for quick-service restaurants, or 10%; and full-service restaurants see costs increase buy up to $691 million, or nearly 9%....More
If there’s a truism that cow-calf producers can take to the bank, it’s this: If a heifer calves early as a yearling, she’s set up for a long and successful stint as an early-calver in the cowherd. Here are seven tips to help you select the most productive cow....More
The Daily Choice Cutout for Friday, May 18 was at a record-high $209.51, up $4.53 from the previous week. Ed Czerwien, USDA Market News reporter in Amarillo, TX, explains how the boxed beef trade impacts the cattle market and beef prices....More
Mandatory country-of-origin labeling (MCOOL) has been a contentious issue for U.S., Mexican and Canadian producers for years. Andres Piedra, chief economist with CNOG, the Mexican cattlemen's association, describes Mexico's response to MCOOL....More
Fragmentation is both the blessing and the bane of the U.S. beef cattle industry. BEEF magazine is embarking on a year-long journey to explain the different industry sectors and their roles in the production process from the seedstock producer to the end consumer.