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  • Apr 1, 2014
    Commentary

    I’m Having An Internal Conversation About Beef’s Future

    Speculation about herd expansion seems to fit squarely into two groups currently. At least it does when I’m chatting with myself....More
  • Mar 30, 2014
    blog

    Without Expansion, The U.S. Beef Industry Is Unsustainable 1

    The problem with ignorance is that sooner or later it catches up to you. I’m not talking about innate stupidity or choosing to be intentionally obtuse. I’m talking about earnestly believing the sky is green, when in fact it’s blue, if the color is considered at all — even if the success of your business depends on it....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Commentary

    State By State, Momentum To Raise The Checkoff Is Building 14

    While it still appears to be an uphill battle to raise the checkoff at the national level, such momentum is building in individual states. This state trend is a hopeful sign that the industry eventually will see more total dollars for beef promotion, advertising and research....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
    blog

    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
  • Feb 25, 2014
    blog

    Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders 5

    In spite of a $9 million carrot, the National Beef plant in Brawley, CA, will close....More
  • Jan 30, 2014
    blog

    When It Comes To Technology, Should We Educate Or Eliminate? 9

    If we do not find an effective way to educate consumers on antibiotics, hormones and the other technologies that are under attack, then we must begin making plans on how to eliminate them and cope with their demise....More
  • Jan 25, 2014
    blog

    Success Comes When Livestock Producers & Their DVMs Are Partners 1

    The result of a veterinarian and client working together will go far toward attaining the ultimate goal of a win-win relationship....More
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    Jan 23, 2014
    blog

    Let’s Get Serious About Funding Our War Chest

    Because activist groups utilize so many directions to attack livestock production, it’s difficult to imagine that the beef industry can continue to sustain itself at the funding level it currently provides itself....More
  • Jan 3, 2014
    blog

    10 Predictions For 2014 That You Can Take To The Bank

    Here is my outlook for 2014 and 10 guaranteed predictions....More

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