Steve Kay is editor and publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly (www.cattlebuyersweekly.com ) 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 beefmagazine.com.

Posts by Steve Kay

farm management costs
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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
in Meat Matters 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

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