The fork in the road

This autumn will mark the 30th anniversary of deliberations leading up to the 1985 Farm Bill. That legislation was noteworthy for several changes in government agricultural policy but most memorable for those of us in the cattle industry was the provision for a national beef checkoff mandated by the federal government. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment:: Choice primal rib continues climb

After a slight increase in fed cattle prices last week, the 5-area cash cattle price took a hop, skip and a jump to the highest price to date, peaking at $163.43. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Global Growth Committee to meet at cattle industry summer

When cattle producers from across the nation gather in Denver this week for the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, international trade will be a key topic of discussion – especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday, July 31. FULL STORY »

The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

The eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in many pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. FULL STORY »

Arby's celebrates 50th with Mega Meat Stacks

With Taco Bell’s Power Cantina menu and many other fast food giants packing in extra protein, Arby’s was bound to catch on. With a celebrity voice like Ving Rhames to narrate their commercials, Arby’s is all-in on this pro-protein campaign. FULL STORY »

Beef prices continue to rally

Wholesale beef prices began the week with more gains, with the Choice cutout reaching $259.30 per hundredweight and Select not far behind at $256.17, according to USDA’s daily beef report. Both are up nearly $2 from last Friday’s average. FULL STORY »

McDonald's faces shortages at some China outlets

McDonald's Corp. MCD +0.06% is facing a shortage of products in some outlets across northern and central China as a result of a shift away from a Shanghai supplier that allegedly sold expired meat to some fast-food chains in the country. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

“For both pinkeye and footrot cases, you’re going to want to have cattle in a place where you can check them 2 to 3 days later so if you need to treat them again, you can,” says John Maas, former veterinarian with the University of California at Davis Cooperative Extension, and chairman of the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board. FULL STORY »

Experience wins Kansas Angus carcass data project

Winners of the Kansas Angus Association’s 2014 Carcass Data Project (CDP) are old hands at raising high-quality cattle. FULL STORY »

High cattle prices, availability of replacement cows persist

Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions dip slightly, but…

…the 2014 corn crop is still the best reported since 2004. FULL STORY »

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