Meat Matters Steve Kay offers a unique, big-picture perspective on the North American meat and livestock industry. en Anatomy of a cattle market collapse <div class="node-body blog-body">One can only hope the supply of these overweight cattle was cleaned up in October, and that the market has started to rebound. But the collapse is a reminder that the first loss is the least loss in cattle feeding.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Meat Matters Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:26:00 +0000 94851 at Are packing plants on the endangered species list? <div class="node-body blog-body">Some 50 slaughter plants have closed since 1995, taking out 52,695 in daily capacity.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Communication Beef Quality Marketing Meat Matters Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:02:00 +0000 93971 at High retail beef prices are a double-edged sword <div class="node-body blog-body">While beef prices might have put in their record highs for the year, they will remain elevated well into 2016, when beef production will increase 4% year on year. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Beef Quality Meat Matters Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:06:00 +0000 93311 at Politics inevitably seep into U.S. 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Farm Operations Meat Matters Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:28:00 +0000 91771 at Water everywhere but 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Meat Matters Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:50:00 +0000 91311 at Drumbeat to reduce antibiotics in the 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal Health Beef Quality Beef Safety Meat Matters Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:24:00 +0000 89841 at Cattle aren’t the water guzzlers they’re made out to 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Beef Quality Sustainability Meat Matters Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:25:00 +0000 88611 at Does beef price at 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Communication Beef Quality Beef Advocacy Meat Matters Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:26:00 +0000 87791 at Exports logged a record value for U.S. beef producers in 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Exports Meat Matters Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:33:00 +0000 86961 at 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Beef Quality Meat Matters Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:00 +0000 85501 at