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Aug 31, 2013

Packing Business Has Evolved From Carcass To Case-Ready

The beef packing industry has evolved dramatically during BEEF magazine’s tenure: from swinging carcasses to case-ready beef....More
cattle market cash prices
Jul 28, 2013

What Happened To The Cash Market For Live Cattle?

Where’s the cash market? That’s the question more cattle feeders are asking, with good reason....More
smithfield get bought out by chinese company
Jun 24, 2013

More Foreign Money Entering U.S. Meatpacking Sector

Smithfield Foods has agreed to sell to a Chinese company. Should the deal go through, two foreign companies will own two venerable names in the meat....More
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
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
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