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Friday, January 16,2015

We're counting on you

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
I know what it’s like to have someone depending on me. I have four little children who look to me for clean clothes, a full tummy, and lots of love and support. It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper.

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Monday, December 29,2014

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High steaks

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations. It comes to mind when you or a friend find disappointment in a supposed bargain. Add an intensifying phrase and it points out that quality costs more, too. You really do get what you pay for.

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Monday, December 29,2014

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Momma matters

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“Typically producers do not want to calve thin cows and do not like cows to lose weight during late pregnancy. We know that is bad,” says Allison Meyer, University of Missouri Animal Scientist, listing the side effects.

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Friday, November 14,2014

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Profit with strings attached?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you that they were skeptical of grid marketing at first.

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Friday, October 31,2014

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Beef quantity is down, but quality is up

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
It doesn’t take a mathematician to think, “Wait, something doesn’t add up.” Yet, that’s the reality in today’s marketplace. Fed steer and heifer harvest was down 6.2 percent for the first 32 weeks of the year, but it wasn’t an even distribution across all quality grades (See Chart 1).

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Friday, September 26,2014

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Surprise!

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Those first calves graded 20 percent Choice, and motivated him to continue feeding cattle for the next two decades. It also spurred the rancher to adopt an AI plan to infuse the best genetics more quickly. Today he sells loads above 90 percent Choice, with more than half of those reaching the upper two-thirds of that grade.

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Friday, September 19,2014

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On the Plains: trains and $2 corn

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“The grain farmer is absolutely going to get hammered to move his grain,” said Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company. “All of this passes back to you,” the analyst told cattle feeders and other attendees at last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, NE, and Amarillo, TX.

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Friday, July 11,2014

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No secret to success

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Yup, that’s usually how long the mystery remains with nearly every birthday present purchased for a sibling or every “don’t tell your dad I let you” moment. I have four little ones, so it’s hard for a secret to remain that way for long at our house.

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Friday, June 20,2014

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The insurance premium in the beef business has recently gotten cheaper

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
That’s not to say any beef category has gone down in price. In fact, for the first seven months of the fiscal year starting last October, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand cutout was up 8.6 percent, from $203.02 for fiscal year 2013 to $220.46 for October to April.

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Friday, May 16,2014

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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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