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Feeder cattle
Oct 19, 2016

Basis shift looming as changes in Feeder Cattle futures take effect

Changes in the CME Feeder Cattle contract specs will widen the basis....More
Cow nutrition
Oct 12, 2016

What’s the big deal about fetal programming?1

Gestational nutrition is looming as a paradigm-changer for beef producers....More
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Oct 05, 2016

Can we have a civil debate over NAFTA's effects on beef?5

With more than 20 years behind us, has NAFTA been good for the cattle business?....More
Low-stress cattle handling
Sep 28, 2016

Handle shrink and get a better handle on the bottom line

Shrink in cattle costs money, especially for cow-calf producers....More
Cattle and wind energy
Sep 21, 2016

Are ranchers spitting into the wind on wind energy issues?4

It’s important that ranchers be at the table as wind energy issues are discussed....More
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Sep 14, 2016

Where do Trump and Hillary stand on ag issues? Pick your poison7

Here’s a look at some major ag issues and where Trump and Clinton stand....More
Irrigation water
Sep 07, 2016

Ranchers beware: The war over water will only grow more intense

What can an ag producer do to protect water rights while meeting the growing demand?....More
Getty Images/Cameron Spencer
Aug 30, 2016

Is TPP more about control than trade?3

The Trans-Pacific Partnership looks like it will do more harm than good....More
Getty Images/Joe Raedle
Aug 24, 2016

Here’s a counterintuitive idea: Beef demand declines as U.S. employment increases4

Beef demand has declined three of the last four quarters....More
Joe Roybal
Aug 17, 2016

Here’s some good news about the BEEF family1

Welcome two new cattle producers and catch up with a BEEF old timer....More
Judicious antibiotic use
Aug 10, 2016

Of dead chickens and arguments that are very much alive2

Will science ever be considered in the debate over antibiotic-resistant bacteria?....More
Small cows
Aug 03, 2016

Do small cows make more money?8

Research and some market price noodling show small cows may return more gross revenue....More
Fed Cattle
Jul 27, 2016

Down in the mouth about cattle prices? Remember, prices are still historically strong

In spite of general negativity about the cattle market, feeder and calf prices are still historically high....More
Anderson Creek fire
Jul 06, 2016

A different kind of aid effort1

The wildfire is gone, but ranchers in Kansas and Oklahoma need help with range restoration....More
Getty Images/Cameron Spencer
Jun 29, 2016

Brexit vote impact uncertain for U.S. beef

Fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rattle markets worldwide....More

Burt Rutherford

Burt has more than 35 years of experience communicating about beef industry issues. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works...

Wes Ishmael

Among the industry’s most insightful thinkers, Wes Ishmael concentrates on industry price and market perspectives for BEEF magazine. Along with his monthly “Cattle Economics” column...
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