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Friday, May 23,2014

Checkoff keeping beef fresh and exciting

by WLJ
Recent research shows that price is a primary reason that consumers limit beef consumption, but the fact is, there are a variety of beef options to fit any budget. Food prices have increased across the board; beef is not alone, but when you compare current beef prices at retail to 2012 prices, the increase amounts to just about $0.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Battle at Battle Mountain

Public lands issues are coming to a head all over the country

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Nevada ranching community is rising up against the BLM again and this time it’s for the right reasons.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Opportunity is now

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There are a lot of issues occurring that could have a profound effect on public land ranching. At this point, I would have to say the Endangered Species Act is the one that needs the most attention, and soon. As an industry, we have a lot on the table that we need to pay close attention to right now.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Black Ink

Great beef demanded

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Earlier this year, CattleFax predicted a 4.5 percent drop in U.S. per-capita beef consumption. We can only expect other proteins to fill the gap. Chicken is always the cheaper alternative, but that spread between poultry and pork prices and poultry and beef prices has become more dramatic.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Beef Talk

Spring reflections and calf deaths

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The yearling heifers also need to be processed, the replacements sorted off and the remaining heifers spayed and sent to grass. Replacements basically are preselected because the breed type is monitored and fit into the center’s crossbreeding program..

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Friday, May 9,2014

Actionable Science?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Global warming was the big national topic last week when President Obama came out with the third national assessment on climate change in the U.S. This was a collective effort of a group of 13 federal agencies called the “U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Did You Know

Industry structure gets beef onto consumer plates

by WLJ
So far consumers have continued to buy beef, although we are seeing shifts in what they buy (more ground beef), and portion sizes at both retail and restaurants are shrinking. We’re even selling beef at retail by the serving rather than by the pound, a good marketing strategy for our times.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Beef Talk

Electronic bidding for bulls: The wave of the future

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls that are needed are not always affordable, and sometimes scheduling conflicts get in the way. Interestingly, of the last four bulls the Dickinson Research Extension Center purchased, three were purchased through the process of electronic bidding.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Summer markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets remain strong with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day just around the corner. You can see packers gearing up to get more beef on the market. Cash fed cattle were trading at $148 last week and the beef cutout value is showing stability in the $130.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Kay's Korner

Water and plants are vital

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Water and plants are vital to the well-being of American ag. Water in its various forms is needed to grow everything from pasture to feed crops to fruit and vegetables. It succors all kinds of plants that turn directly or indirectly into food for consumers at home and abroad.

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