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May 01, 2011

U.S. Beef Industry Growth Will Help Rural & Overall U.S. Economies

Did you know Australia’s largest cattle producer now owns more than 640,000 cattle and has properties spread over 18 million acres? I’ve always been....More
Mar 18, 2011

The Industry Is Alive & Well

Supporters of the proposed GIPSA rule on livestock marketing have repeatedly claimed that the rule is necessary because the livestock marketing....More
Mar 01, 2011

Corn Ethanol And The Food Vs. Fuel Debate

Beef and gasoline have more in common than you might think. Both, of course, compete for corn in their production....More
Feb 02, 2011

Doing More With Less

Much hand-wringing has occurred about the declining U.S. cattle population and its impact on the industry. For cow-calf producers, though, the....More
Jan 06, 2011

Certified Angus Beef has raised the quality bar for U.S. cattle

Allow me to start my first column of the year with a confession. I’m a Hereford lover. My affair began at an early age on the dairy/beef/sheep farm I....More
Dec 07, 2010

Corn Subsidies Hurt Livestock Producers

Corn remains King and livestock are the beggars. That’s the way federal farm policy has been for years and nothing has changed, based on latest moves....More
Oct 28, 2010

Argentina Presents Lesson In Market Interference

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it’s browner. Just ask cattle producers in Argentina and Australia. They’ve....More
Oct 06, 2010

Beef Exports Are Vital

Some people claim exports aren’t vital to the U.S. beef industry. What nonsense....More
Sep 08, 2010

Prices Are Good, So Why Are Some Beef Producers Angry?

Cattle producers should be pretty happy right now. Prices for calves, yearlings and fed cattle were all 13% higher the last week of July than a year....More
Aug 05, 2010

GIPSA’s J. Dudley Butler Threatens U.S. Livestock Production

It’s disturbing how one individual has the potential to cause so much damage to an industry. You might know that Mississippi attorney and one-time....More
Jul 02, 2010

USDA’s Blurry Vision On Packers

USDA has gotten into the map-making business, and the results are blurry, to say the least. USDA announced in late May that it had identified so-....More
Jun 02, 2010

Wal-Mart Raises the Food Safety Bar

E. coli “season” is upon us; it rolls around each summer when shedding spikes for unknown scientific reasons....More
May 28, 2010

Walmart Raises The Bar On Food Safety

The E. coli “season” is upon the industry again; it rolls around each summer when shedding spikes for still unknown scientific reasons. Many are....More
May 01, 2010

Facts Get In The Way Of Detractors Of The U.S. Packing Sector

Never let the facts get in the way of one's prejudices. That seems to be the mantra for some critics of the packing industry. From claims about....More
Apr 01, 2010

U.S. Cattle Are Grading Higher

Cattle are quality grading higher than they have in years. That's both good and bad news for cattle feeders....More

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