Swift to pay $1.3 million fine for water pollution at Nebraska plant

Swift Beef Co. agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine to settle allegations the company violated the federal Clean Water Act by dumping pollutants into rivers near its Grand Island, Neb., processing plant. FULL STORY »

Brazil development bank to increase stake in JBS

Brazil's national development bank BNDES will increase its stake in meatpacker and food processor JBS SA by converting a massive loan into equity at the expense of other shareholders, the company said May 18. FULL STORY »

Cattle slaughter and average weights increase

Beef production, at 2.27 billion pounds, was 2 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.96 million head, up 2 percent from March 2010. The average live weight was up 3 pounds from the previous year, at 1,276 pounds. FULL STORY »

Jessica-Barbra: Future leaders in meat science Play video

Colorado State University students Jessica Igo and Barbra Davis discuss the meats-judging team and other academic activities in CSU’s meat-science program. FULL STORY »

Keith Belk: Update on meats research Play video

Colorado State University meat scientist Keith Belk, PhD., outlines ongoing research intended to boost consumer demand for beef. FULL STORY »

Cautious optimism in fed-cattle market

Back in early 2010, with cattle trading in the low-$80 range and losing about $25 per head, Drovers/CattleNetwork posed the question: “What would you do for $90 cattle?" The market did improve, with prices peaking at around $100 per hundredweight last April and May. FULL STORY »

Neb. Beef, Colo. company settle recall lawsuit

Nebraska Beef Ltd. has settled its lawsuit against a Colorado company over liability for a 2008 beef recall. FULL STORY »

U.S. frozen beef, pork inventories swell above 2010 levels

U.S. frozen beef and pork inventories swelled above last year’s levels at the end of February, reflecting rising exports and heavier cattle and hogs that have helped offset smaller herds. FULL STORY »

Fire erupts at Tyson Foods plant in Iowa

Officials say no injuries were reported in a fire at a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in Council Bluffs. KETV-TV in Omaha, Neb., says firefighters found smoke pouring from the north side of the building when they arrived shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday. FULL STORY »

Commentary: And Then Some!!!

The market simply refuses to show any signs of retreat. Market action during the past several weeks has drawn widespread attention and commentary. As such, there’s not much reason to be redundant here. However, it’s always interesting to step back and take a broader view of current events. FULL STORY »

Tight meat supplies will continue to support higher cattle prices

The forecast for 2011 red meat and poultry production is raised from last month, reflecting increased production of beef, pork, broilers, and turkeys. Fed cattle slaughter will reflect expected strength in feedlot placements during early 2011 and relatively large dairy cow slaughter in the first part of 2011 will also contribute to higher beef production. FULL STORY »

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