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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
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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
Jul 19, 2012

Mother Nature Throws A Wrench Into 2012

On the heels of last year’s disastrous drought in the Southwest, a promising spring crop forecast has devolved into a looming disaster as high heat....More
Jun 22, 2012

Cull Cow Value Skyrockets In Today's Market

Americans’ appetite for ground beef is great news for cow-calf producers. Given the tight supplies of lean manufacturing beef, cull cows have....More
May 24, 2012

Vilification Of LFTB Reaches From Industry To Consumers

I bought a package of fresh ground beef at the grocery store the other day. It was a good deal at $2.49/lb., as retail ground beef prices have been....More
Apr 19, 2012

Industry Was Too Late On LFTB Issue

April 12, 2011, was the day that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched the “pink slime” term into the blogosphere with a crude, but compelling,....More
Mar 28, 2012

We Must Continue To Build Beef’s Value Equation

It’s startling that the declining U.S. cattle herd and consequent record-high cattle prices are causing more concern than celebration....More
Feb 28, 2012

Survey Shows Most Consumers Don’t Care About COOL

Mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) of meat and other foods is one of those issues that goes on and on and on. I wrote my first story about....More
Jan 27, 2012

My Hope For More Beef Industry Records

We’re one month into 2012 but it’s not too late for me to share my wish list for the U.S. beef industry for this year. Topping my list....More
Dec 30, 2011

Adding More Value Is Packers' Only Recourse

Grand plans and meatpacking are like oil and water. They don’t mix successfully. Remember Future Beef Operations (FBO) completed in 2001, its plant....More
Nov 25, 2011

USDA Comes To Its Senses On The GIPSA Rule

The beef industry has battled an onslaught of negative news over the past year, including the lingering effects of the recession, the proposed GIPSA....More
Oct 14, 2011

Beef Unfairly Singled Out On Non-STEC Issue

It was a fight the beef-processing industry was always going to lose. Ever since USDA declared E. coli O157:H7 an adulterant in non-intact raw beef....More
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