More in Beef Quality

  • Mar 13, 2014
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
  • man loses weight on McDonald's diet
    Jan 15, 2014
    blog

    Moderation And Choices, Not Hysteria, Will Fight Obesity 4

    Iowa teacher imparts valuable life lessons using a McDonald’s menu....More
  • chipotle ads attack agrigulture
    Sep 19, 2013
    blog

    A Scarecrow Aptly Named 3

    Here’s an inconvenient truth—negative marketing works. Or perhaps “unfortunate” is a better word. From politicians still in office to those on the outside, like Al Gore, negative marketing is standard fare. Now it appears the same holds true in the food world....More
  • pork prices buy up beef market share
    Jun 27, 2013
    blog

    Pork Is The New Poultry As It Buys Market Share

    The lesson for the beef industry is that we had better figure out a way to combat these market share-buying strategies by our pork and poultry competitors, because they certainly aren't backing off on their efforts....More
  • withdrawal guidelines for food animal drugs
    Jun 25, 2013
    blog

    A Guide To Understanding Animal Drug Withdrawal Times 2

    The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) sets slaughter withdrawal times for approved food animal drugs. Let’s discuss the work that goes into ensuring their safety....More
  • ground beef safety
    Jan 2, 2013
    blog

    Canada Offers U.S. Consumer Lessons

    A study conducted by the Canadian Food Safety Alliance in early December indicates that half of respondents believe E.coli incidents have been increasing over the last five years. Even more concerning is that 42% of Canadians say they've decreased their consumption of beef as a result....More

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