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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?9

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
Feeder cattle
Jun 22, 2016

Why the Choice-Select spread matters to you2

Choice-grading cattle bring premiums back to the ranch....More
Preconditioned calves
Jun 13, 2016

Will preconditioning your calves pay less this fall?

Preconditioning pays, but maybe not as much this year as years past....More
Beef exports
Jun 01, 2016

Here’s why traceable beef matters4

China is the world’s fastest-growing beef market....More
May 24, 2016

What’s more important—economy of scale or low cost production?2

Cow profitability hinges on many things....More
Futures volatility
May 18, 2016

What’s worse than no cattle futures?6

It may be time for the beef industry to have a serious discussion about cattle futures....More
sorting cattle
May 04, 2016

Stepping beyond status quo3

Your operation competes every day for limited profit opportunities....More
Beef consumer
Apr 27, 2016

Missouri beef producers shoot down state checkoff10

Missouri beef producers, by a resounding 75% no vote, have defeated a proposed state beef checkoff. Here’s why that vote is unfortunate....More
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Apr 20, 2016

Why activism matters, and why you need to be proactive

A reader chastises BEEF editors for being “Chicken Littles.” Here’s the response....More
sick calves
Apr 13, 2016

How much money have you lost to BVD?

A lot of the losses from calves persistently infected with BVD aren’t noticeable. But the disease wallops the beef business with as much as a $2.5....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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