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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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Friday, December 13,2013

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Genomics test strategies explored

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Every day, bulls and breeding stock are selected with the help of genomic tools. Whether producers know it or not, DNA testing affects most cow herds by way of their seedstock suppliers. But those who are more intentional about it are reaping the benefits.

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Friday, November 22,2013

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Decisions, decisions…

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Some decisions need to be “split second.” When you have to figure out which way to dart to keep that feisty cow from breaking out of the group; when you’ve got to say “yay” or “nay” on a set of replacements going for a little more than you expected...

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Friday, September 13,2013

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Penny saved, dollar lost?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
According to Texas data, those costs have jumped to nearly $600 per head from maybe half that a few decades ago. At a recent meeting, a Nebraska ag business economist estimated the number had climbed to $800. You can blame that on everything from land and feed prices to labor and fuel.

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Friday, July 19,2013

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More than middles

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Perhaps it’s this fascination with the steakhouse, or it could be the way we talk about the filet mignons, New York strips or prime ribs like they’re the ultimate test of beef greatness. Whatever the cause, somehow folks are often led to believe that’s the only place quality matters.

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