Editorial

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures reversed early weakness to close moderately to sharply higher on Thursday. Cash trade was $155-$156 in Kansas and Nebraska, well below week ago levels but much higher than current futures market prices. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Eucs, grass and a tear

The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Culinary fantasyland

Can you call something a cookbook when the ‘cuisine’ in question doesn’t exist, the ‘foods’ the book features are totally fake and the recipes inside don’t even exist? I think not. FULL STORY »

’Local’ and ‘organic’ has a jumble of meanings to consumers

Recent research among consumers in Canada and the U.S. helped identify perceptions about the terms "local" and "organic." FULL STORY »

U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. FULL STORY »

Unmanned aerial vehicles advance agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones in a majority of media outlets, have played an important role in U.S. military operations. These sophisticated flying machines have proven their utility in this arena, albeit at a huge price. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins and fed cattle prices weaken

Feedlot lot margins took a steep hit, just shy of $70.00 per head last week, dropping margins from the previous week’s $354.40 per head price to $284.85 per head for the week ending August 9, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

The perfect storm

Record-setting cattle prices, a projected bumper grain crop on the horizon, moderation in grain prices — for cattle producers, the opportunity to fully maximize profits has finally arrived. FULL STORY »

History lesson in packing plant closures

“For more than 12 years we’ve been shrinking the U.S. beef herd, so we need fewer processing plants and feedlots than we used to,” Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension said. FULL STORY »

Show Mom Diaries: The empty halter

Oh, you never forget that moment. That moment your first steer is loaded onto the semi, and you’re handed that empty halter. That dreaded, empty halter. FULL STORY »

Commentary: You need meat, baby

When was the last time a study recommended that children should eat more meat? Well, read on, because a new survey of toddlers’ diets emphasizes the need for exactly such a strategy. FULL STORY »

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