2012 proved to be a rather challenging year for beef producers. Record input and cattle prices combined with an ongoing drought that dashed hopes of cowherd expansion in 2012 resulted in a year of huge volatility and risk. In turn, a record number of producers turned to beefmagazine.com for advice on how to weather the storm.

Page views at beefmagazine.com ousted 2011’s record year by nearly 500,000, garnering 2.7 million total page views for the calendar year. We’ve compiled a list of our top-10 most-viewed articles for 2012.

You might be surprised by some of the articles that make the top 10 list. Classics such as the “Bud Box” article highlights stockmanship advice from the recently passed beef industry leader, Bud Williams, and the “BEEF Chat Inside Costco” dates all the way back to 2003. However, industry hot topics such as the lean finely textured beef debacle from late spring and a controversial article on grass tetany also take top spots.

Here are the top 10 most-viewed feature articles by readers in 2012:

1.     Ranchers Sing The Praises Of Mob Grazing of Cattle

2.     BEEF Chat Inside Costco

3.     Bud Box

4.     Cow-Calf Production Is Largely A Part-Time Business

5.     Salt Can Prevent And Treat Grass Tetany

6.     First Publicly Traded Farmland Fund To Be Launched

7.     What Is Lean Finely Textured Beef

8.     2012 Feed Composition Tables

9.     New Mexicos Iconic Bell Ranch Changes Hands

10.   Latest Grazing Rates Survey Rates Inching Up

You might also remember that in early 2012 we launched a website redesign at beefmagazine.com that improved navigation and functionality. It also made it much easier to enjoy and browse through photo galleries, and it comes as no surprise that most viewed items of all content types are these photo collections.

The top 10 most-viewed galleries in 2012 are:  

1.     Updated Winter Wonderland On The Ranch

2.     Photo Gallery Celebrating The Workhorses Of The Ranch

3.     Santa’s Little Helpers

4.     2012 Spring Calving Photography Gallery

5.     Rubes Cartoons

6.     BEEF And Roper Cowboys and Cattlemen

7.     VOTE: Farm Boy "Workhorses" Of The Ranch Finalists

8.     Winter Wonderland On The Ranch Photography Finalists

9.     Farm Boy’s 2012 Spring Calving Photography Finalists

10.  Holmes and Fletcher Classic Cartoons

Thanks for stopping by beefmagazine.com. We look forward to an exciting 2013 and will continue to strive to cover all the issues that are important to you! Happy New Year!