Editorial

Ground beef prices hit $4.10 per pound

According to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, September saw another record for average ground beef prices as the cost per pound hit $4.096. FULL STORY »

USDA seeking feedback on animal disease reporting, response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services wants feedback on plans to update the way it reports and responds to certain animal diseases. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ebola: The new Mad Cow

Ten years ago, a single case of BSE stoked a major media overreaction, a wave of fear among consumers and total overreaction by government authorities. Notice any similarities to Ebola? FULL STORY »

'Fat Chicken' game allows players to raise, slaughter livestock Play video

In the reverse tower defense style game, "Fat Chicken," players can fatten up livestock, slaughter them and earn money. FULL STORY »

Commentary: What’s in a label?

The marketing mavens at the supermarket chain Giant apparently believed that less is more when it comes to providing quality grades on its fresh beef products. Too bad USDA disagreed. FULL STORY »

Show Mom Diaries: Running and falling and running again

The life lessons learned through running and through youth livestock shows overlap in amazing ways. Hopefully, my children can pick up a few of these lessons through their experience of watching their crazy momma on this crazy journey. FULL STORY »

Margins decline for feedlots, packers

Last week was one of wild swings throughout the market, including profits for feedlots. After topping $227 per head the week of October 11, feedlot margins retreated last week, averaging $175.72 per head the week ending October 18, according to the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-area cash cattle remains steady

Our panel of cattle industry experts who make up our Monday Market Sentiment panel expected the cash cattle price to keep the previous week’s momentum, overestimating it to hit $164.49. FULL STORY »

Managing the herd when pasture is limited

Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation. FULL STORY »

Using Ionophores in replacement heifer diets

Interest in cow herd expansion has created added incentives to keep and breed replacement heifers. Some producers are attempting to rebuild their own herd that was downsized during drought. FULL STORY »

Kansas City Royals named after livestock show, not royalty

Although it isn't immediately obvious due to the crown logo, the Kansas City Royals aren't named after monarchs at all. FULL STORY »

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