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Jul 16, 2015

Water everywhere but California

The California drought is estimated to cause direct costs of $1.8 billion, about 4% of California’s $45 billion ag economy. In contrast, Texas has....More
Jun 01, 2015

Drumbeat to reduce antibiotics in the meat industry will only get louder3

As with chicken, consumers, retailers and foodservice operators will ultimately determine the move to more such beef. You can be sure that the....More
beef cattle water usage improves
Apr 20, 2015

Cattle aren’t the water guzzlers they’re made out to be10

Steve Kay showcases how beef’s water usage is actually improving, plus, some useful trivia to help you the next time this environmental discussion....More
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
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
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
Jan 06, 2015

Could this fix the disappearing cash market?1

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
Dec 01, 2014

Shrinking cattle supplies reshuffle packer rankings1

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
Oct 30, 2014

Political & Personal Agendas Continue To Distract U.S. Beef Industry3

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
Oct 08, 2014

Beef Industry Makes A Colossal Contribution To U.S. Economy1

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
Aug 20, 2014

Appeals Court Ruling On COOL Could Hamstring All Producers3

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
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Jul 24, 2014

Consumers Continue To Shake Off Beef Price Jitters3

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
Jun 24, 2014

It’s Time To Raise The Checkoff10

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
May 13, 2014

Iowa Set To Debut New Generation Of Beef Plants3

Iowa cattle feeders will start delivering cattle to a brand-new beef processor, Iowa Premium Beef’s (IPB), IPB’s Tama, IA, plant this fall....More
Apr 23, 2014

Packers Continue To Fuel The Price Run On Live Cattle

Fed beef processors have been trying all year to douse the red-hot live cattle market. But it seems they’ve been using gasoline instead of....More
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