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  • May 13, 2014
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    Iowa Set To Debut New Generation Of Beef Plants 3

    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....More
  • Apr 29, 2014
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    Beef Prices May Be Higher, But Here Are 5 Reasons To Eat It Anyway 6

    If you’re like me, you grill year-round, but for the rest of America, grilling season will soon be upon us. Can’t you just smell the ribeyes sizzling? Unfortunately, with beef prices so high, grilling season might look a lot different this year for Americans watching their food budget....More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    Pork Is Helping To Put The Sizzle In Beef Demand 1

    Typically the peak of beef demand, this year’s grilling season is approaching with just a bit of nervousness given the cost of beef at retail this year....More
  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Chicken Is Just A Carrier For The Taste Of The Special Sauce 8

    I’d forgotten just how tasteless and bland chicken on its own really is. The reason we in the beef industry talk about price so much is because the threat from chicken is on the price front. Chicken, however, certainly can’t compete with beef on the taste front....More
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    Apr 3, 2014
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    Are Vegetable Proteins Equal To The Protein In Beef? 46

    Do you really need meat to get protein? VeganStreet.com says no. The activist group posted this graphic in the Albany Times-Union stating that, “Beef has 6.4 grams of protein/100 calories” and “Broccoli has 11.1 grams of protein/100 calories,” but is that the whole story?...More
  • Mar 31, 2014
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    U.S. Beef Industry Has Measured Up To Every Challenge

    The men and women who make up the U.S. beef industry are a resilient bunch. In my 27 years of writing about the industry, they’ve had just about every challenge thrown at them. Yet they’ve met each one with calm determination and a focus on making the industry even stronger....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Consumers Hear Only Half The Story On Food-Borne Illness 2

    When activist groups and media sensationalize food-bone illness outbreaks without providing the context of the overwhelming safety of the U.S. food supply, they do a disservice to consumers, government and industry....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    What Can Growers Of Delicious Beef Learn From Growers Of Delicious Apples? 3

    I’ll never forget the illustration that Jim Gosey, formerly the University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist, once presented at a meeting long ago. Gosey talked about the apple industry and related how the Delicious variety of apple once dominated that industry in market share. Its growers were committed to maintaining that position and thus listened to what the consumer wanted. They developed the perfect color and shape (perfect for sitting on the teacher’s desk), and gave it that cool crisp sound when it’s split....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability 12

    I had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn’t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (“The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn’t Add Up”). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it’s not a 1:1 relationship. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that maintenance costs are calculated by taking mature size to the .7 power....More
  • Mar 9, 2014
    Commentary

    The Beef Industry's Ultimate Goal Should Be A Satisfied Consumer

    Begin with the end in mind. This is one of the principles Stephen Covey mentions in his “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” This “habit” can be defined and applied in several different ways, but it basically means that before starting a project, you should determine your ultimate goal and remain focused on that goal....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn’t Add Up 11

    The beautiful thing about economics is that it is still part art and not all science. Look hard enough and you can always find an economist to support your view. In fact, a lot of economic reports are created to justify a market position or view, rather than to accurately forecast or explain the market. Still, there’s always a lot to be learned from these economists....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain 7

    The whole topic of liability is a frustrating one for cow-calf producers. After all, a cow-calf producer has no way of controlling what happens to the product once it leaves the ranch. However, in today’s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops. Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they’re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer’s viewpoint. That doesn’t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action....More

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