Steve Kay is editor and publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly ( ) subscription newsletter, the number-one marketing and business newsletter for the meat and livestock industry. He provides BEEF readers with beef-specific information and analysis on the North American meat and livestock industry. He also provides a weekly cattle market roundup each Friday afternoon at

Posts by Steve Kay

in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters Aug 03, 2015

Politics inevitably seep into U.S. beef industry

Politics permeates every aspect of our lives. So it’s inevitable that it seeps into the beef industry....More
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters Jun 01, 2015

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

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
in Meat Matters Apr 20, 2015

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

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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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

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