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Foodservice operations need to understand meat expiration dates

Recent global media reports speak of “rotten” or “tainted” meat being used in overseas meat processing and foodservice operations. Was the meat really spoiled or did it get handled in a manner that was acceptable but that wasn’t conveyed to employees or end users? FULL STORY »

Glimpse into global demands; future of livestock

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest since the 1950s, the beef supply is low while demand remains strong. This is pushing cattle prices to record highs. Ag economists Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University and Lee Schultz of Iowa State University predicted strong prices through the next three years. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall calving preperation Play video

Glenn Selk offers some tips for the fall calving season. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures led most ag markets lower Wednesday morning

Crop tour results continue weighing on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields is yielding some very high forecasts for the fall harvest, thereby exerting fresh downward pressure upon new-crop corn and soy futures. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Profitable opportunities found locally Play video

Bart Beattie and herdsman Dave Schledewitz, Sumner, Neb., find profitable opportunities by partnering with a local feedyard on the two-way street of producing better beef. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The shock doc

A British TV doctor tries to one-up the SuperSize Me model—but his pathetic attempt not only falls flat as entertainment but implicitly endorses. FULL STORY »

Strength in unity

One small voice can easily be ignored. When that sound is amplified with more than 50,000 other voices, a powerful alliance demands attention. Ten years ago, several state cattlemen’s leaders noticed a need for a unified front and developed the Southeastern Livestock Network. FULL STORY »

Fed cattle prices continue to decline

Feedlot margins dropped significantly last week, from $284.85 per head down to $197.88 per head for the week ending August 16, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Could we eradicate BVD?

The bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus, and related viruses in the “pestivirus” classification, cause considerable economic damage through reproductive losses in cow herds and as a contributor to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedyards. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved decidedly mixed again Tuesday

Corn futures held at moving average support. Talk of large fall production depressed corn futures in early Tuesday trading. FULL STORY »

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

Before launching a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the FAA. FULL STORY »

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