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Quality cattle pay dividends
Sep 09, 2014

Will Quality Beef Be The Industry’s Nirvana?

With record cash returns/cow in the cards for this year and next, and possibly longer, the signal is sent to rebuild the cowherd. The question is,....More
great times in cattle business
Sep 08, 2014

Are These The Good Old Days For This Generation Of Cattlemen?

It’s a run like no other. Cattle prices are at record levels for all sectors, feed prices are down and drought has lifted — or at least eased — in....More
beef efficiency contest
Aug 29, 2014

BEEF, TAMU & Merial Team Up For New Interactive Contest

The contest is designed to help cattle producers better understand the relationship between cattle efficiency and profitability, and an important....More
Aug 27, 2014

Energy-Guzzling Billionaire Gives Up Burgers For The Environment

There’s at least a little bit of hypocrisy in all of us. We all, at times, don’t fully walk our talk, and that’s just plain human....More
Horsehide technology
Aug 19, 2014

Will You Be Ranching Like The Jetsons In 10 Years?

The beef industry hasn’t seen nothing yet. That’s the message from those who peer into the future to see how our present will change. And if one....More
My cousin Mikayla, sister Laura, cousin Kristin, and I after baling hay
Aug 11, 2014

My Good Old Days Were On The Farm

From feeding to baling, and planting to training, my cousins, siblings and I always found ways to turn hard work into fun challenges. These memories....More
new babies for BEEF staffers
Aug 06, 2014

Two New Babies Welcomed By BEEF Staffers In 2014

It’s time for Los Ninos at BEEF magazine. Amanda Radke and Jamie Purfeerst both welcomed new additions this springs....More
midyear USDA cattle numbers
Jul 28, 2014

Dealing With The Affliction Of Prosperity

If there’s one thing we can’t stand in the cattle business, it’s prosperity. But we may have to accept that we’ll struggle with that affliction for....More
Jul 23, 2014

Happy Trails, James Garner

The beef industry has had a number of prominent pitchmen since the checkoff was initiated a quarter-century ago. Most have been a success in drawing....More
lessons learned from showing cattle
Jul 15, 2014

Showing Cattle Is More Than Ribbons And Banner

When it comes to showing livestock, an individual not only reaps physical reward at shows, but more important, gains underlying skills that will....More
Jul 08, 2014

What Happens On The Ranch Doesn’t Stay On The Ranch

As the ability of genomics and DNA marker technology to help cattlemen becomes more apparent and available, the number of traits to consider grows....More
Jul 02, 2014

5 Good Books For Summer Reading

I do a fair amount of recreational reading, by which I mean reading that it isn’t related to my job. My wife likes to kid me that my reading....More
beef advocacy done right
Jun 25, 2014

How Doing Things Right Pays Off

According to K-State’s Dan Thomson, everyone in the beef business is on the same team and everyone is better served when everybody communicates. He....More
Jun 17, 2014

Chefs Hear Inspiring Beef Story

Among the many effective activities that beef checkoff funds pay for is direct contact with chefs and foodservice professionals who prepare and serve....More
beef producers are expanding
Jun 10, 2014

Which Cattle Operations Will Be Expanding, And Where?

Some expect the cowherd to grow as fast and far as forage and profit potential will allow—more of a traditional cyclical scenario....More
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Joe Roybal

Joe is a native of South Dakota and a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in journalism. He worked as a daily newspaper reporter and photographer before doing a six-year stint...

Burt Rutherford

Burt has nearly 30 years’ experience communicating about beef industry issues. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now...
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