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Oct 29, 2015

Anatomy of a cattle market collapse

One can only hope the supply of these overweight cattle was cleaned up in October, and that the market has started to rebound. But the collapse is a....More
Oct 05, 2015

Are packing plants on the endangered species list?

Some 50 slaughter plants have closed since 1995, taking out 52,695 in daily capacity....More
Sep 14, 2015

High retail beef prices are a double-edged sword

While beef prices might have put in their record highs for the year, they will remain elevated well into 2016, when beef production will increase 4%....More
Aug 03, 2015

Politics inevitably seep into U.S. beef industry1

Politics permeates every aspect of our lives. So it’s inevitable that it seeps into the beef industry....More
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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