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  • 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
  • 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 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 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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    Feb 13, 2014
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    Enough With This Weather; Consumers & Ranchers Need A Break 3

    The impact of consumers homebound by ice and snow impacts beef demand as well as cattle producers....More
  • Jan 27, 2014
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    Why Is Beef Demand Growing As Per-Capita Income Shrinks? 2

    As domestic per-capita wealth overall declines, there is a growing demand for pricier beef. Here are three reasons for the wealth-beef paradox....More
  • Dec 19, 2013
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    The Bottom Line Is That Beef End-Product Quality Matters 2

    The value that the consumer puts on the eating experience, and the amount and quality of product we put on the plate, ultimately determines the amount of dollars that enter our industry....More
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    Sep 12, 2013
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    It’s A Long, Long Road Back To Recovering Lost Beef Demand

    The industry has learned to compensate and move forward when market shocks like BSE and LFTB happen. Unfortunately, while the damage can be inflicted in mere days, it takes cattlemen decades to recover, if ever....More
  • Aug 29, 2013
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    Beef Quality vs. Economy Isn’t The Real Question 3

    As a commodity business, the biggest focus has always been on lowering the cost of production. But the great irony is that beef can’t compete on a cost basis with pork or poultry. Thus, our niche is being the low-cost producer of a high-quality product. The trick is, and always has been, finding the balance....More
  • PED virus
    Jul 11, 2013
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    PED Virus Worries U.S. Hog Industry 3

    The presence of porcine epidemic diarrhea has now has been reported in swine herds in 16 states in the U.S., and confirmed in Iowa and North Carolina, the nation’s top two hog-producing states, respectively....More
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    Jul 3, 2013
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    Ominous Warnings In The Midst Of Good Times 5

    The vast majority of beef producers support the checkoff, but even its most avid supporters recognize that the declining revenue is becoming a major issue in regard to the program’s effectiveness....More
  • pork prices buy up beef market share
    Jun 27, 2013
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    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
  • Jun 20, 2013
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    Time Is Running Out On Beef Demand 9

    The numbers continue to tell a depressing story relative to the beef industry’s efforts to grow market share and demand. Perhaps most alarming is that we’ve become so conditioned to losing market share to our competitors......More
  • grilling and beef demand
    Jun 6, 2013
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    Beef Demand, With Profitability, Is All-Important

    Regardless of whether beef demand improves this summer or not, the size of this icattle ndustry and producers’ profitability rest primarily on the strength of beef demand, and we need to refocus our efforts on that. No, we are not going to head the way of the lamb industry, but I don’t want us to completely cede our position at the center of America’s plate, either....More
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    Jun 6, 2013
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    Monday Junk Food Sales About To Spike In San Diego 1

    Five people on a 4-1 vote, operating without good science, eliminated 20% of the meat consumption by more than 130,000 school children in San Diego resulting in Meatless Monday in the school district....More

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