Burt Rutherford

Senior Editor, BEEF Magazine

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 from his home base in Amarillo, Texas, in the heart of cattle feeding country. He worked as communications director for the North American Limousin Foundation and editor of the Western Livestock Journal before spending 21 years as communications director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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May 20, 2015

Why I disagree (sort of) with Troy Marshall

Several recent experiences with the educational system left a BEEF editor feeling good about America’s school kids and America’s future....More
May 02, 2015

The BQA beat drums on

The first BQA-type of program for cattle producers surfaced in the late 1980s. Since then, the idea, concepts and philosophy of beef quality....More
Apr 15, 2015

Energy outlook shows promise for good grilling demand

Last November, when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) opted to keep the supply of crude oil flowing, it set off a....More
Apr 01, 2015

Are you ready for the next drought?

For much of the Great Plains, as well as other parts of cattle country, the drought isn’t over. Are you ready the Big Dry, second stanza?....More
Mar 24, 2015

Sage grouse stew—The pot boils again over iconic bird

Since its listing in 2010, the greater sage grouse has been a wildlife species of intense interest in the 11 states in the West where it lives. Two....More
U.S. beef
Mar 11, 2015

Japanese taste for beef is changing; good news for U.S. producers?

Japan’s taste for beef is changing. How will that affect U.S. beef exports long-term?....More
Feb 24, 2015

Megatrends in agriculture—how will they affect your ranch?

The times, they are a’changing. But then again, they always have been, especially in agriculture. What are the megatrends in agriculture and how will....More
Humane care
Feb 11, 2015

Have we lost the battle on animal welfare?

The discussion between beef producers and beef consumers about animal welfare continues to escalate....More
High quality ribeye
Feb 02, 2015

Increase in U.S. packing capacity is good news for the beef business

The news of late has been positive for beef producers. From start-ups in the Midwest to competing plans for more capacity in the Northwest, packing....More
Holstgein steers
Jan 27, 2015

The black and white on black-and-white cattle

Prophetic 1979 article shows that perhaps not much has changed in 35 years....More
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