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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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Friday, June 3,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers know only too well that a federal agency with an activist agenda can wreak a lot of havoc.

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Friday, December 3,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The continued strength of the feeder and fed cattle markets makes a mockery of claims that the market is broken. Just a month or so ago, some analysts were forecasting that fed cattle prices would fall to $90 per cwt. or go even lower. Yet cash prices topped $100 again the week before last and went even higher last week.

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Friday, October 29,2010

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Here's a simple question to start. Why do you think live cattle prices shot above $100 the week before last? I'm sure you know the reasons, but let me offer another. Packers are throwing money at cattle feeders in a brazen attempt to bribe them into opposing the proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.

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Friday, October 1,2010

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The Great Recession might be over, but that's little comfort for the millions of Americans still out of work or working reduced hours. In fact, our nation of conspicuous spenders has become one of extremely cautious spenders, and this new attitude continues to show up in food spending.

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Friday, September 3,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.

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Friday, July 2,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How unfortunate that two issues have again divided the beef industry just when it needs all its focus on improving demand and making beef affordable to Americans.

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Friday, June 4,2010

KAYSkorner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
When I think of Greece, I think of lamb, from kebabs to kleftiko.I dont think of beef because the country produces only 56,000 metric tons (MT) of beef per year. Yet Greece is currently having a big impact on the U.S., the largest beef producer in the world (12.

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