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  • Jun. 24, 2013
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    Connecting The Beef Industry Dots

    Fragmentation is both the blessing and curse of the U.S. beef cattle industry. In this year-long series, BEEF staff defines and explains the long and interrelated industry path of beef from gate to plate.
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    Jun 20, 2013

    We Can’t Wait For Someone Else To Do The Heavy Lifting

    Today’s consumer may have heard of a New York strip, T-bone, porterhouse steak, or filet, but they don’t know how to properly prepare a roast or a flank steak. Thus, we need to make our product more convenient, easier to use and prepare, and it must not only taste good, but it must make the consumer feel good while they eat it....More
  • riding for the beef industry brand
    Jun 20, 2013

    It’s Time For Everyone To Saddle Up And Ride For The Brand

    The beef industry is being outspent and outmanned at an increasing rate by our competition and our adversaries. It’s not only time to ride for the brand, but we also need to spend some quality time feeding and grooming the horse we’re riding....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
  • Jun 13, 2013

    The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Beef Production Are Gone 7

    The free-market system is amazingly efficient; the reason we produce corn-fed beef is that the most prosperous consumers in the world prefer it to grass-fed beef. And the U.S. wouldn’t be competitive if grass-fed beef was to become the dominant category....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
  • cowherd price predictions for 2014
    May 27, 2013

    If Nature Cooperates, Good Times Are Ahead For Beef Producers 1

    The national beef cow inventory is at a 50-year low, and long-run corn prices are projected to trend lower. These are two positive indicators for today’s beef industry....More
  • Apr 11, 2013

    R-CALF Fumes Following Release Of OIG Report 2

    R-CALF USA tees off against the Office of Inspector General’s audit of the national beef checkoff. What’s surprising is the way the organization’s letter castigated the Obama administration and current USDA officials....More
  • Mar 28, 2013

    It’s More Than Just A Question Of Moisture

    Sure, $100/calf profits are nice, but they no longer are sufficient to encourage producers to expand their herds significantly. That’s because the per-cow unit cost of production has grown to a point where profits have to be significantly higher than in the past to trigger expansion....More
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