Meat Matters http://beefmagazine.com/blog/12737/feed Steve Kay offers a unique, big-picture perspective on the North American meat and livestock industry. en Exports logged a record value for U.S. beef producers in 2014 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">The export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $297.68 last year, up $52.72 from the previous year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/exports-logged-record-value-us-beef-producers-2014#comments Beef Exports Sustainability Meat Matters Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:33:00 +0000 86961 at http://beefmagazine.com 3 major beef industry issues – demand, quality, transparency http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency <div class="node-body blog-body">Demand, quality and transparency are three factors that are inextricably linked and will determine how the beef complex performs over the next several years, especially when beef production starts to increase again.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-major-beef-industry-issues-demand-quality-transparency#comments Beef Quality Beef Demand Meat Matters Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:00 +0000 85501 at http://beefmagazine.com Could this fix the disappearing cash market? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market <div class="node-body blog-body">The diminishing cash market is a serious issue that must be addressed. The industry should develop a live cattle value index. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/could-fix-disappearing-cash-market#comments Cattle Industry Structure Cattle Markets Meat Matters Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:02:00 +0000 84991 at http://beefmagazine.com Shrinking cattle supplies reshuffle packer rankings http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings <div class="node-body blog-body"> It’s no exaggeration to say the landscape is littered with mothballed beef packing plants. Because of the shrinking cattle herd, more might share the same fate in the next 2-3 years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/shrinking-cattle-supplies-reshuffle-packer-rankings#comments Processors Cattle Markets Meat Matters Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:46:00 +0000 82811 at http://beefmagazine.com Political & Personal Agendas Continue To Distract U.S. Beef Industry http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">Certain groups remain intent on pursuing political and personal agendas rather than acting on behalf of, and for the good of, the entire beef industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/political-personal-agendas-continue-distract-us-beef-industry#comments Cattle Industry Structure Government Meat Matters Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:04:00 +0000 81621 at http://beefmagazine.com Beef Industry Makes A Colossal Contribution To U.S. Economy http://beefmagazine.com/blog/beef-industry-makes-colossal-contribution-us-economy <div class="node-body blog-body">Hundreds of thousands of ranching families are the backbone of many rural communities in the U.S. and they start a process that reaches into the cities and around the world.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/beef-industry-makes-colossal-contribution-us-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/beef-industry-makes-colossal-contribution-us-economy#comments Cattle Industry Structure Beef Advocacy Meat Matters Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 80581 at http://beefmagazine.com Appeals Court Ruling On COOL Could Hamstring All Producers http://beefmagazine.com/blog/appeals-court-ruling-cool-could-hamstring-all-producers <div class="node-body blog-body">A federal appeals court ruling in late July on country-of-origin labeling should have sent a chill down the spine of every single member of the industry, be they COOL supporters or opponents. Judge Janice Rogers Brown’s dissenting opinion nailed the producer ramifications of the decision perfectly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/appeals-court-ruling-cool-could-hamstring-all-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/appeals-court-ruling-cool-could-hamstring-all-producers#comments People Government Meat Matters Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:58:00 +0000 78701 at http://beefmagazine.com Consumers Continue To Shake Off Beef Price Jitters http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-continue-shake-beef-price-jitters <div class="node-body blog-body">What’s the best advice you can give a meat lover? Buy a big freezer, go to Costco and stock up on ground beef and steaks, because beef won’t be this cheap for several years. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-continue-shake-beef-price-jitters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-continue-shake-beef-price-jitters#comments Beef Demand Industry At A Glance Meat Matters Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:31:00 +0000 77681 at http://beefmagazine.com <p>consumers, prices, advice, buy, ground beef, beef, price, cheap, meat</p> It’s Time To Raise The Checkoff http://beefmagazine.com/blog/it-s-time-raise-checkoff <div class="node-body blog-body">Doubling the $1/head national beef checkoff should be a no-brainer. But perceptions about “control” of the checkoff and its spending continue to stymie efforts by various groups to do what should be obvious.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/it-s-time-raise-checkoff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/it-s-time-raise-checkoff#comments Beef Marketing/Product Promotion Business Beef Advocacy Meat Matters Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:54:00 +0000 76561 at http://beefmagazine.com <p><span>It&rsquo;s time for industry leaders to call these groups&rsquo; bluff and initiate an increase.&nbsp;</span></p> Iowa Set To Debut New Generation Of Beef Plants http://beefmagazine.com/blog/iowa-set-debut-new-generation-beef-plants <div class="node-body blog-body">Iowa cattle feeders will start delivering cattle to a brand-new beef processor, Iowa Premium Beef’s (IPB), IPB’s Tama, IA, plant this fall. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/meat-matters">Meat Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/iowa-set-debut-new-generation-beef-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/iowa-set-debut-new-generation-beef-plants#comments Beef Quality Processors Industry At A Glance Meat Matters Wed, 14 May 2014 00:03:00 +0000 75031 at http://beefmagazine.com