Lummis proposes livestock marketing bill

Rep. Cynthia Lummis has introduced a bill that would target meat packer practices that she says are unfair to independent ranchers and farmers. FULL STORY »

Kan. workers seek to bar immigration questions

Workers who filed a class-action lawsuit against a Kansas slaughterhouse for unpaid wages and overtime have asked a federal judge to bar Creekstone Farms Premium Beef from discovering their immigration status during the litigation. FULL STORY »

Beef 706 program offered to Texas Cattle Ranchers

Beef producers are invited to attend a free hands-on seminar August 15 - 16 or August 17 - 18 at Texas A&M University in College Station. As part of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) effort in Texas, Beef 706 focuses on safety and quality issues faced by all cattlemen. FULL STORY »

Vermont offers grant program to expand meat processing

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is now accepting applications for grants to expand meat processing in the state. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins improve, packer margins decline

The feedlot trade became active on Thursday of last week, and cattle from southern feedlots sold at $108 to $110 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

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 »

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