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  • Aug 29, 2013

    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

    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
  • beef checkoff photo beef demand
    Jul 3, 2013

    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

    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

    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
  • USDA photo by Lance Cheung
    Jun 6, 2013

    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
  • grilling and beef demand
    Jun 6, 2013

    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
  • consumers flinch with high beef prices
    May 24, 2013

    Beef Demand Remains Surprisingly Strong Despite High Retail Prices 1

    As retail prices grow with decreasing supplies, consumers receive less value for their beef purchase unless benefits continue to increase....More
  • May 2, 2013

    Weather Playing Tricks On Consumers And Cattlemen Alike

    It looks like another year of crazy weather, and the result is a whipsaw for cattlemen. Cool weather, particularly on the East Coast, is keeping grilling season at bay. Meanwhile, cattlemen are dealing with too much moisture in some places and too little in others....More
  • beef checkoff audit results
    Apr 4, 2013

    Two Views On The OIG’s Checkoff Audit 2

    Wile the OIG’s audit of the checkoff was very reassuring about the program and its stewardship, a second way to look at the OIG report is with a real sense of disappointment....More
  • Feb 13, 2013

    Treat Your Sweetie To Beef On Valentine’s Day Tomorrow

    For those men out there who are blissfully unaware of the significance of the date on the calendar tomorrow, Feb. 14th is Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love. While most every girl enjoys a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates, there’s a much simpler, more direct way to show your love, and that’s with beef....More
  • Jan 16, 2013

    Take Beef Off The Bad Food List 3

    It seems the tide is turning when it comes to consumer attitudes about health. Granted, the USDA’s new food guidelines restrict animal proteins and have drastically limited servings in school lunch programs, but on a bright note, nutritionists are starting to tout the positive benefits of meat in the diet....More
  • ground beef safety
    Jan 2, 2013

    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
  • Dec 17, 2012

    Beef Production Gets Spotlight On Anderson Live! 2

    Yesterday, I blogged about flying from my sweet spot in rural South Dakota to the Big Apple, and today, I’m going to write about when a New York City girl visited a cattle ranch in Kansas. Rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe, through the support of the U.S. Farmer and Rancher Alliance (USFRA), opened up her home and ranch to a consumer from the big city, who asked some tough questions about the beef business. Her answers were featured on the daytime television show, Anderson Live, last week....More
  • Dec 5, 2012

    Make Plans To Attend The Boilermaker In New York In 2013

    Earlier this week, Jean O’Toole, representing the New York Beef Industry Council (NYBIC), spoke at the South Dakota Beef Industry Council meeting. South Dakota beef producers support promotional efforts in the state of New York, where people outnumber cattle 8-to-1, unlike my own state where cattle edge out people 4-to-1....More

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