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Friday, November 28,2014

Kay's Korner

When is big too big?

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle feeders have done a masterful job this year of feeding cattle as long as possible, at the same time remaining fairly current in their marketings. The result has been record heavy steer and heifer carcasses and the percentage of cattle grading USDA Prime breaching 5 percent for the first time.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Kay's Korner

Food labeling insanity

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Not only do consumers have all these choices; they can read comprehensive nutrition labels to help them make sensible dietary choices. Moreover, they can expect to pay a reasonable price for most food products. I use “reasonable” in relation to food prices in other countries.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Kay's Korner

Our beef is the best

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
One of the beef industry’s greatest accomplishments in the past 20 years has been to improve the eating experience for beef lovers. It was a huge shock in the 1990s when the industry discovered that one out of four steaks was not meeting consumers’ expectations.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Kay's Korner

Labor and community loss

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
With this in mind, I want to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of families who are the backbone of the U.S. beef industry. Whether these families run cow/calf or stocker operations, own livestock barns or feedlots, each and every family is vital to the health and success of the entire industry.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Kay's Korner

Perfect pairing promotions

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Some combinations are obvious. Think cowboy hats and Merle Haggard, pickup trucks and goose neck trailers. So what about beef and red wine? This combo is such a natural that I’ve long wondered why the industries that make both products don’t make more of the way the two go together.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Kay's Korner

Investing in the future

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Old-timers must be shaking their heads in disbelief at the way calves and feeder cattle are trading. Even when I began covering the industry 28 years ago, I would not have believed the price of calves would by 2014 increase more than 3.5 times. On the other hand, the price of many other goods has probably increased by that much or more.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Americans are still buying beef despite record high prices in grocery stores and restaurants. Foreign buyers are also involved by ordering more than last year, despite the price. All this is good news, as all wealth to the beef industry comes from consumers, whether at home or abroad.

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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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Friday, April 4,2014

Kay's Korner

The red-hot market

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
What an incredible time to have young cattle to sell. As I write this, calves weighing 600 to 650 pounds are selling for $197 to $206 per cwt at Oklahoma City. Not far behind them are 650 to 700 pounders at $188-189, 700 to 750 pounders at $178- 187.50, 750 to 800 pounders at $174.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Kay's Korner

Beef prices won’t be COOL

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Supporters and opponents of country of origin labeling (COOL) have been deeply divided ever since the idea of COOL emerged in the late 1990s. That divide continues to play out not just in the country but in the corridors of Congress.

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