Steve Kay is editor and publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly (www.cattlebuyersweekly.com ) subscription newsletter, the number-one marketing and business newsletter for the meat and livestock industry. He provides BEEF readers with beef-specific information and analysis on the North American meat and livestock industry. He also provides a weekly cattle market roundup each Friday afternoon at beefmagazine.com.

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cost to run a cattle packing plant
May 30, 2013

Beef Packers Stymied By Shortage Of Working Capital

Beef packing plants require an enormous amount of money to operate efficiently. Many small companies, especially family-owned beef processing....More
COOl labeling proposal
May 03, 2013

Congress Must Fix COOL Law

Why then did USDA and its Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) propose amendments to the COOL rule that don’t even address this issue?....More
costco wholesale supermarket news
Mar 25, 2013

Price-Per-Pound Drives Consumer Beef Sales

Costco is the nation’s largest retail seller of Prime and Choice beef, moving well over 500 million lbs./year. It doesn’t break out its beef sales,....More
farm management costs
Feb 25, 2013

What Will It Take To Rebuild The U.S. Beef Cowherd?

My friend Howard was among the industry’s top 20 largest cow-calf operators in the late 1980s, but drought and other factors have whittled down....More
cow-calf industry
Jan 25, 2013

Cow-Calf Producers Are The Beef Industry’s Lifeblood

All this set me thinking as to how the U.S. beef industry is like a huge family. It has many members spread all over the continent (and Hawaii, of....More
Dec 20, 2012

The Mandatory COOL Saga Is Nearly Over

MCOOL finally was implemented in 2009, but the battle continued. Canada, later joined by Mexico, initiated a complaint with the World Trade....More
Certified Angus Beef choice steak
Nov 26, 2012

CAB, Nolan Ryan Prove Quality, Consistency Pay

Quality and consistency pay, even in a soft economy. Just ask those involved in the industry’s most successful branded beef program, Certified Angus....More
Oct 11, 2012

XL Foods At Center Of Cross-Border Contamination Issue

his year had been quiet in terms of U.S. beef recalls. That changed with a Sept. 17 recall of ground beef products produced at an Edmonton, Alberta,....More
Sep 21, 2012

Heavier Carcasses Minimize Effect Of Low Cattle Numbers

As the beef industry counters shrinking cattle numbers with more pounds per animal, the all-important question is: How much bigger and heavier can....More
Aug 28, 2012

Majority Of Beef’s Lost Dollars Due To Quality Grade Deficiencies

Beef packers have spent years finding ways to add value to a carcass. Given the volume of cattle they handle, an extra 1¢/lb. can add up to....More
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