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  • Mar 28, 2012

    We Must Continue To Build Beef’s Value Equation

    It’s startling that the declining U.S. cattle herd and consequent record-high cattle prices are causing more concern than celebration. Perhaps it reflects fears that such prices can’t last or that they’ll inflict damage on the industry in terms of people eating less beef. Such fears are understandable, but unfounded....More
  • Mar 9, 2012

    Gas Prices, Election Are Keys In Beef Demand 3

    Industry economists seem to be unanimous in their thinking that times and prices in the beef business will be extremely good – unless some outside force comes along to mess it up. Let’s talk about some potential issues....More
  • Jan 27, 2012

    My Hope For More Beef Industry Records

    We’re one month into 2012 but it’s not too late for me to share my wish list for the U.S. beef industry for this year. Topping my list, as you might expect, is my hope that Americans continue to support beef as much as they did last year. For we all know that demand, not supply, will determine how high beef and cattle prices go this year. My other wishes for 2012, in no particular order, include:...More
  • Nov 30, 2011

    Vegetarian Veterinary Student Examines Modern Food Production

    Which came first: the factory farm chicken or egg demand? This was the question posed by Nicole Wyatt in the Star Tribune recently. Wyatt is a vegetarian who studies veterinary medicine in California. As a Minnesota native, Wyatt submitted this column to ......More
  • Nov 25, 2011

    USDA Comes To Its Senses On The GIPSA Rule

    The beef industry has battled an onslaught of negative news over the past year, including the lingering effects of the recession, the proposed GIPSA rule on livestock and poultry marketing, efforts to regulate farm dust, and catastrophic drought in Texas and surrounding states. So it’s great to end the year with good news....More
  • Oct 14, 2011

    Beef Unfairly Singled Out On Non-STEC Issue

    It was a fight the beef-processing industry was always going to lose. Ever since USDA declared E. coli O157:H7 an adulterant in non-intact raw beef in 1994, ground beef has been the lightning rod for federal officials, politicians and consumer groups in the ongoing debate about the safety of America’s food supply....More
  • 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

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