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crop irrigation
Aug 12, 2015

Will water become the defining issue of our time?

Whether or not you have water to use is largely up to you....More
fast food hamburger
Aug 05, 2015

Why restaurant customer service matters to beef producers

What perception do consumers have of beef based on the service they get at the drive-thru?....More
Aug 03, 2015

What the beef industry is doing to deal with trich

One way to deal with a thief is with a neighborhood watch program. But what if it’s a silent thief?....More
Historic barn
Jul 29, 2015

We lose a piece of history with every memorial service1

Cherish your parents while you have them, and remember them fondly if you don’t....More
Turnout time
Jul 22, 2015

Are feeder cattle prices on the cusp of a collapse?

Feeder cattle prices may ease as the industry transitions into the fourth quarter....More
proper technique
Jul 13, 2015

Why would a banker keep track of your vaccines?

A BEEF reader sent us an interesting bank ledger from the 1920s. Rather than record financial dealings, it noted the details of vaccine accounts....More
Jul 08, 2015

Pondering the other side of high prices

The best cure for high prices in high prices....More
Angus cxows
Jun 30, 2015

Can we measure cow efficiency? Not as a single trait2

One of the holy grails in the brave new world of genetic evaluation is cow efficiency. But efficiency is not a single trait, it’s an index of....More
Jun 25, 2015

Solve the water problem; solve the world problem2

Scarcity of freshwater is an issue that flows beyond the human misery of thirst, malnutrition and disease. The growing lack of access to potable....More
Jun 24, 2015

Why COOL needs to go; guest blog by John Maddux1

This week’s BEEF Editor’s blog is a guest editorial written by Nebraska rancher John Maddux. Canada recently announced its list of products that it....More
Jun 11, 2015

Check out our new weekly cattle market wrap-up

Weekly audio reports keep you updated on trends in the feeder cattle and slaughter cow markets....More
Jun 10, 2015

Optimum preconditioning lengths vary

Depending on the source, calves may not need a full 45-day preconditioning period. Recent research indicates that, in the right conditions with the....More
Jun 02, 2015

Sage grouse plans cause concern for cattle producers

Sage grouse conservation efforts raise questions from cattle producers....More
Jun 01, 2015

What you can expect from BEEF magazine

While change in the cattle business, and in the publishing business, is inevitable and even essential, we’ll work just as hard as we always have to....More
May 27, 2015

Sustainability drum beats louder2

Walmart enters the fray with announcement on antibiotics, animal welfare....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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