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May 24, 2016

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

Cow profitability hinges on many things....More
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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
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May 04, 2016

Stepping beyond status quo3

Your operation competes every day for limited profit opportunities....More
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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
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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
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Apr 06, 2016

Why sustainability is important to you1

Ranching is the very definition of sustainability. The question is, do the people who buy what you produce know that?....More
Mar 31, 2016

Calving accident begets reflection

A rancher’s tragic death by a cow he was trying to help calve underscores the need to keep safety always in mind....More
Mar 22, 2016

Industry veteran named to head NCBA

After a long and deliberate process, NCBA has named a new CEO. Longtime industry veteran Kendal Frazier steps up to take the beef business forward....More
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Mar 16, 2016

Cargill’s move brings antibiotic issue to a feedyard near you

What affect will Cargill’s move to cut the use of shared-class antibiotics have on the debate over the use of those products in cattle production?....More
Mar 09, 2016

Why the USDA suspension of the midyear Cattle report is troubling3

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will suspend the midyear Cattle report. What are the implications?....More
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Mar 02, 2016

Retail beef prices edging lower. Will the trend continue?

Both retail beef prices and fed cattle prices are trending lower, but at different rates. Are retailers padding their margins?....More
Feb 23, 2016

When selecting bulls, begin with the end in mind

Bull sale season is upon us. But pouring over sale catalogs in search of your next bull lineup is actually the second step in the process of planning....More
Feb 17, 2016

Pasture lease rates continue higher1

Continued year-over-year increases in the cost of pasture leases leave cattle producers wondering how much higher rents can go....More
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Feb 10, 2016

Can the CME fix cattle futures market volatility?1

Volatility in the cattle futures market a major concern....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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