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Friday, March 30,2012

KAY'S Korner

Into the gutter

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The gutter press appears to be alive and well in America. How else can one describe the appalling media disparagement of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and Beef Products, Inc., (BPI) one of the two companies that make it? I’m not a conspiracy theorist.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Kay´s korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
I ’ m a great fan of Costco, especially the way the warehouse chain sells beef. From the moment I see the giant “USDA Choice” banner above its fresh meat case, my pulse quickens as I anticipate finding a great beef deal. True to form, a visit last week produced not one but two terrific buys (although one wasn’t in the fresh case).

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Friday, February 3,2012

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Industry leaders have rightly focused on the shrinking U.S. cattle herd as one of the industry’s biggest issues. While a smaller herd means higher prices for cow/calf producers, it means small or negative margins for everyone else in the beef chain. And it’s not healthy for only one sector to be making money.

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Friday, December 30,2011

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers the world over are great survivors. The beef industries in most of the major beef-producing countries have endured everything from BSE to drought to floods in the past decade. These and other calamities forced some producers out of the business.

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Friday, December 2,2011

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Food safety is the beef industry’s second most critical issue after demand. In fact, the two are inter-connected. So no one will quibble with the need to spend whatever it takes to make beef as safe as possible. But an examination of the years after the Jack-in- Box E.

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Friday, November 4,2011

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Americans still love their beef. But they’re not eating anywhere near as much as their parents. This seems a contradiction, but the dramatic decline in per capita beef consumption over the last 35 years has little to do with preference. It’s all about available supplies.

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Friday, September 30,2011

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
This should be the best of times for beef producers. National herd numbers have fallen each of the past four years, yet domestic and global beef demand has improved steadily since the end of the 2008 recession. The U.S. has reclaimed its position as the world's leading beef exporter.

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Friday, September 2,2011

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cow/calf producers and stocker operators in western and northern states are enjoying one of their best grass seasons for some years. Contrast this with the dire conditions in Texas, Oklahoma, parts of surrounding states and all the way to Florida.

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Friday, July 29,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Although we export only 12-14 percent of our production, strong global demand has raised beef prices and has partially offset spluttering demand at home. Exports have significantly raised cattle values. The export boom is adding more than $200 per head to the value of fed cattle.

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Friday, July 1,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
I recently had the privilege of addressing California beef producers at their midyear meeting. The state has had one of its best spring grass seasons in years, so everyone had a smile on his or her face. I hope what I told them made them feel even better.

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