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in Meat Matters Mar 26, 2015

Does beef price at retail matter anymore?

USDA’s All Fresh beef price averaged $6 per pound in January for the first time. Is that a positive or negative for the industry?....More
in Meat Matters Mar 03, 2015

Exports logged a record value for U.S. beef producers in 2014

The export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $297.68 last year, up $52.72 from the previous year....More
beef demand in 2015
in Meat Matters Jan 22, 2015

3 major beef industry issues – demand, quality, transparency

Demand, quality and transparency are three factors that are inextricably linked and will determine how the beef complex performs over the next....More
disapearing cattle cash market
in Meat Matters Jan 06, 2015

Could this fix the disappearing cash market?

The diminishing cash market is a serious issue that must be addressed. The industry should develop a live cattle value index....More
beef packing plant
in Meat Matters Dec 01, 2014

Shrinking cattle supplies reshuffle packer rankings

It’s no exaggeration to say the landscape is littered with mothballed beef packing plants. Because of the shrinking cattle herd, more might share the....More
politics impacting beef industry
in Meat Matters Oct 30, 2014

Political & Personal Agendas Continue To Distract U.S. Beef Industry

Certain groups remain intent on pursuing political and personal agendas rather than acting on behalf of, and for the good of, the entire beef....More
ranchers make huge impact on u.s. economy
in Meat Matters Oct 08, 2014

Beef Industry Makes A Colossal Contribution To U.S. Economy

Hundreds of thousands of ranching families are the backbone of many rural communities in the U.S. and they start a process that reaches into the....More
COOL labeling issues
in Meat Matters Aug 20, 2014

Appeals Court Ruling On COOL Could Hamstring All Producers

A federal appeals court ruling in late July on country-of-origin labeling should have sent a chill down the spine of every single member of the....More
consumers, prices, advice, buy, ground beef, beef, price, cheap, meat
in Meat Matters Jul 24, 2014

Consumers Continue To Shake Off Beef Price Jitters

What’s the best advice you can give a meat lover? Buy a big freezer, go to Costco and stock up on ground beef and steaks, because beef won’t be this....More
raise the beef checkoff
in Meat Matters Jun 24, 2014

It’s Time To Raise The Checkoff

Doubling the $1/head national beef checkoff should be a no-brainer. But perceptions about “control” of the checkoff and its spending continue to....More
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