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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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Friday, January 10,2014

Kay's Korner

SuKarne keeps growing

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The U.S. cattle feeding industry has depended for years on Mexican feeder cattle to help fill its pens. Annual imports have averaged about one million head, although they have fluctuated dramatically at times, in large part due to drought. That’s why 2011 and 2012 saw more than 1.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
It needed to. For years it had rested on the premise that beef was “King” and Americans would continue to gobble it up. But, beef demand began to decline because beef was too fatty and inconsistent in its eating quality. Fortunately, the industry responded to the alarm bells, although it took nearly 20 years to arrest that declining demand.

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Friday, November 1,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How many of you have been inside the boxed storage facility of a large fed beef processing plant? If you haven’t, it’s well worth a visit because these facilities tell you a lot about the current state of the beef industry and its future direction..

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Friday, October 4,2013

Kay's Korner

More plant closures loom

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The shrinking U.S. cattle herd has claimed another victim. Cow processor Martin’s Abattoir & Wholesale Meats in North Carolina ceased operations mid-September after 58 years in business. It’s the third cow processor to close in the past two years.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Kay's Korner

Blind eye over Zilmax

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The Zilmax story is still unfolding. But years from now, it should be taught as a cautionary tale of how the best intentions can go awry. Merck Animal Health, which makes the feed supplement, had spent 30 years developing and testing the product.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The numbers never did add up for Northern Beef Packers (NBP) in Aberdeen, SD. Around the time that plans for its new plant were getting off the ground, the national cattle herd had completed three years of extremely modest expansion and then returned to contraction mode.

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Friday, June 28,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The beef industry promotes the use of what it calls new “technologies” to increase productivity and help producers make more money. Producing more pounds per head makes economic sense, especially as the U.S. cattle herd continues to shrink.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
One weekend does not make a market. But the beef industry was hoping for a beef sales bonanza over the Memorial Day holiday. Alas, Mother Nature decided to rain on the beef parade. Instead of warm, sunny weather that would have encouraged more grilling, it was wet and cool in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

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