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  • Oct 1, 2011

    Morgan Ranch Develops Its Vision Into A Global Market Niche

    It was a glorious afternoon in California’s Napa Valley. We were gathered at the home of one of the valley’s oldest wine families, and their neighbors had brought some of their best wine to share as we looked out over rows of lush grapevines from the front terrace....More
  • Aug 26, 2011

    Tighter Supplies Force Shift In Beef Sales

    As I write this, the stock market has suffered its biggest slump in nearly two years and the U.S. economy remains in somewhat fragile shape. Hopes of a steadily improving outlook have given way to fears that the U.S. might be in a double-dip recession....More
  • Jul 15, 2011

    Gourmet Burger Boom Offers Big Opportunity

    I recently visited my son in Southern California and he took me to Father’s Office, an upscale pub in Santa Monica. The place was jammed with people mostly his age (late 20s), but what hit me was the smell of great food....More
  • Jul 1, 2011

    Three Key Issues Facing The Beef Industry

    As the industry enters the second half of 2011, it’s of value to reflect on the key issues facing the industry. Beef demand remains the top issue because all wealth to the industry comes from consumers, at home or abroad...More
  • Jun 1, 2011

    Feeling Of Optimism In Beef Industry Is Valid

    Following the markets and the constant flood of news that might affect the beef industry, as I do, can be confusing. So it’s important to step back from time to time and examine broader trends....More
  • May 1, 2011

    U.S. Beef Industry Growth Will Help Rural & Overall U.S. Economies

    Did you know Australia’s largest cattle producer now owns more than 640,000 cattle and has properties spread over 18 million acres? I’ve always been awed by the scale of Australian cattle operations but the latest expansion by the Australian Agricultural Co. (AAC) is breathtaking. AAC reached its new size in March when it bought another operation and its 53,000 cattle for $27 million (USD)...More
  • Mar 18, 2011

    The Industry Is Alive & Well

    Supporters of the proposed GIPSA rule on livestock marketing have repeatedly claimed that the rule is necessary because the livestock marketing system is “broken.” Such claims, however, are looking more absurd each week, as cattle prices continue to set new record highs and prove that the laws of supply and demand are alive and well....More
  • Mar 1, 2011

    Corn Ethanol And The Food Vs. Fuel Debate

    Beef and gasoline have more in common than you might think. Both, of course, compete for corn in their production...More
  • Feb 2, 2011

    Doing More With Less

    Much hand-wringing has occurred about the declining U.S. cattle population and its impact on the industry. For cow-calf producers, though, the outlook is bullish. Cattle feeders are already paying breathtaking prices for calves and yearlings to fill pens. So the answer to why producers aren’t expanding seems obvious...More
  • Jan 6, 2011

    Certified Angus Beef has raised the quality bar for U.S. cattle

    Allow me to start my first column of the year with a confession. I’m a Hereford lover. My affair began at an early age on the dairy/beef/sheep farm I grew up on in New Zealand...More
  • Dec 7, 2010

    Corn Subsidies Hurt Livestock Producers

    Corn remains King and livestock are the beggars. That’s the way federal farm policy has been for years and nothing has changed, based on latest moves by the Obama administration. But unlike the corn-biased support of the past, current policies are causing permanent damage to the U.S. livestock industry...More
  • Oct 28, 2010

    Argentina Presents Lesson In Market Interference

    The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it’s browner. Just ask cattle producers in Argentina and Australia. They’ve endured the worst droughts in their lifetime, and it is one reason why the global cattle herd is shrinking....More
  • Oct 6, 2010

    Beef Exports Are Vital

    Some people claim exports aren’t vital to the U.S. beef industry. What nonsense...More
  • Sep 8, 2010

    Prices Are Good, So Why Are Some Beef Producers Angry?

    Cattle producers should be pretty happy right now. Prices for calves, yearlings and fed cattle were all 13% higher the last week of July than a year ago, with live cattle prices up 11% for the first seven months...More
  • Aug 5, 2010

    GIPSA’s J. Dudley Butler Threatens U.S. Livestock Production

    It’s disturbing how one individual has the potential to cause so much damage to an industry. You might know that Mississippi attorney and one-time cattleman J. Dudley Butler heads USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)...More
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