BeefTalk: How many cows are in the pen?

When done correctly, databases can be developed that provide producers with answers to their questions as they look to change their operations. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts higher beef production as pastures deteriorate

According to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the forecasts for 2012 and 2013 red meat and poultry production are reduced from last month as higher feed prices are expected to slow the pace of pork and poultry expansion and temper growth in weights. FULL STORY »

Know Your Meat: Global meat specifications becoming a reality

The Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Livestock and Seed Program Standardization Division recently participated in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) meetings in Buenos Aires to work on international meat standards. FULL STORY »

New food-safety product for beef packers, processors introduced

Elanco Food Solutions has introduced CellVex — a new antimicrobial food-safety intervention to reduce E. coli and Salmonella pathogens in beef-processing facilities. FULL STORY »

Beef prices strong, but cost, consumer confidence concerns remain

Although interest in beef production is high in part because of record-high prices producers have been fetching, some producers have concerns about rising prices for feedstuff and gasoline, which could make consumers less likely to buy pricey cuts, an Ohio State University Extension expert says. FULL STORY »

Iowa meat plant wastewater reaches river

Authorities say a plugged line led to the release of untreated wastewater from a central Iowa meatpacking plant into the North Raccoon River. FULL STORY »

WTO ruling on US meat law to benefit Canada-source

Canada can expect ''significant positive news'' on Friday from a World Trade Organization ruling about a U.S. meat labeling law, Canadian government sources said Thursday. FULL STORY »

October feedlot placements likely fell on smaller cattle supply

The number of cattle sent to feedlots for fattening may have dropped last month amid high feed costs and limited supplies of young animals, signaling further tightness in beef supplies that will force consumers to pay even more for steaks and burgers next year. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: South Korea FTA excites U.S. livestock industry

This week Congress approved the three free trade agreements (South Korea, Colombia and Panama) submitted by the President last week. The greatest potential for the U.S. livestock industry comes from the South Korean trade pact. South Korea is one of the top four foreign buyers of both U.S. pork and beef. FULL STORY »

Surveying the U.S. meat export/import market

Trade is an increasingly important part of the livestock and meat industry. According to Extension Ag Economist Lee Meyer, the big picture is that total meat imports declined by 3 percent last year while exports or sales to other countries increased by 4 percent. Overall, the U.S. exported four times as much meat as we imported. 2011 is seen as a very good year coming ahead. FULL STORY »

Niman Ranch moves beef production

In an effort to continually drive its core principles of sustainable agriculture and humane animal care to the highest possible standards, Niman Ranch has moved its beef processing plant from JBS Swift in Hyrum, Utah to XL FourStar in Omaha, Neb. FULL STORY »

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