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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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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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