Meat Matters http://beefmagazine.com/blog/12737/feed Steve Kay offers a unique, big-picture perspective on the North American meat and livestock industry. en Politics inevitably seep into U.S. beef industry http://beefmagazine.com/blog/politics-inevitably-seep-us-beef-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">Politics permeates every aspect of our lives. So it’s inevitable that it seeps into the beef industry. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/politics-inevitably-seep-us-beef-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/politics-inevitably-seep-us-beef-industry#comments Cattle Industry Structure Government Meat Matters Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:28:00 +0000 91771 at http://beefmagazine.com Water everywhere but California http://beefmagazine.com/blog/water-everywhere-california <div class="node-body blog-body">The California drought is estimated to cause direct costs of $1.8 billion, about 4% of California’s $45 billion ag economy. In contrast, Texas has been deluged with rain, causing a huge amount of damage and tragic loss of life.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/water-everywhere-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/water-everywhere-california#comments Disaster & Drought Meat Matters Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:50:00 +0000 91311 at http://beefmagazine.com Drumbeat to reduce antibiotics in the meat industry will only get louder http://beefmagazine.com/blog/drumbeat-reduce-antibiotics-meat-industry-will-only-get-louder <div class="node-body blog-body">As with chicken, consumers, retailers and foodservice operators will ultimately determine the move to more such beef. You can be sure that the drumbeat to reduce antibiotic use in U.S. beef production will only get louder.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/drumbeat-reduce-antibiotics-meat-industry-will-only-get-louder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/drumbeat-reduce-antibiotics-meat-industry-will-only-get-louder#comments Beef Quality Health Beef Safety Meat Matters Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:24:00 +0000 89841 at http://beefmagazine.com Cattle aren’t the water guzzlers they’re made out to be http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cattle-aren-t-water-guzzlers-they-re-made-out-be <div class="node-body blog-body">Steve Kay showcases how beef’s water usage is actually improving, plus, some useful trivia to help you the next time this environmental discussion comes up. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cattle-aren-t-water-guzzlers-they-re-made-out-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cattle-aren-t-water-guzzlers-they-re-made-out-be#comments Environment Beef Quality Government Meat Matters Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:25:00 +0000 88611 at http://beefmagazine.com Does beef price at retail matter anymore? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/does-beef-price-retail-matter-anymore <div class="node-body blog-body">USDA’s All Fresh beef price averaged $6 per pound in January for the first time. Is that a positive or negative for the industry?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/does-beef-price-retail-matter-anymore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/does-beef-price-retail-matter-anymore#comments Beef Marketing/Product Promotion Beef Quality Retail Beef Advocacy Meat Matters Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:26:00 +0000 87791 at http://beefmagazine.com Exports logged a record value for U.S. beef producers in 2014 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">The export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $297.68 last year, up $52.72 from the previous year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014#comments Beef Exports Meat Matters Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:33:00 +0000 86961 at http://beefmagazine.com 3 major beef industry issues – demand, quality, transparency http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency <div class="node-body blog-body">Demand, quality and transparency are three factors that are inextricably linked and will determine how the beef complex performs over the next several years, especially when beef production starts to increase again.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency#comments Beef Quality Beef Demand Meat Matters Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:00 +0000 85501 at http://beefmagazine.com Could this fix the disappearing cash market? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market <div class="node-body blog-body">The diminishing cash market is a serious issue that must be addressed. The industry should develop a live cattle value index. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market#comments Cattle Industry Structure Cattle Markets Meat Matters Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:02:00 +0000 84991 at http://beefmagazine.com Shrinking cattle supplies reshuffle packer rankings http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings <div class="node-body blog-body"> It’s no exaggeration to say the landscape is littered with mothballed beef packing plants. Because of the shrinking cattle herd, more might share the same fate in the next 2-3 years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings#comments Processors Cattle Markets Meat Matters Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:46:00 +0000 82811 at http://beefmagazine.com Political & Personal Agendas Continue To Distract U.S. Beef Industry http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">Certain groups remain intent on pursuing political and personal agendas rather than acting on behalf of, and for the good of, the entire beef industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry#comments Cattle Industry Structure Government Meat Matters Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:04:00 +0000 81621 at http://beefmagazine.com