Laura Mushrush

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices weaken

After a multi-week hot streak, fed cattle prices have weakened. The 5-area cash cattle price of $155.87 is down $1.83 from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Footrot

Summertime: Bulls are turned out with spring calving females on pasture for breeding, stocker cattle enjoy their last stop on grass before transitioning into the feedyard, and bred fall cows spend their days grazing without a care in the world – it’s almost like paradise. FULL STORY »

Biting the hand that feeds you

In the creeping corners of organic vegetable stands and the shadows of specialty stores lurks a very disturbing creature. Willowy in form with daunting pale skin, it sniffs and picks through an assortment of produce, eyeing each one like a hawk. FULL STORY »

America’s price of food more budget friendly than other countries

It’s no secret that the price of groceries is on the rise, hitting American consumers deep in the pocketbook. In a recent USDA Economic Research Service report, the average American spent 6.6 percent of their household budget on groceries for home or 11 percent when eating out costs are factored in. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices on the rise

Fed cattle prices keep gaining steam, with the 5-area cash cattle price peaking at $157.70, up $4.04 from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Economic impacts on consumer food insecurity

The ability for a household to adequately put food on the table is impacted by many factors, specifically economic resources, says U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service “Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food” study. FULL STORY »

I’m a Drover: American cowboy, American soldier Image Gallery

At first glance, Bill Brodie comes across as a tough customer. Brown hair, sprinkled with gray, is covered by a stiff-crowned ball cap, partially shielding skin weathered from years spent out in the sun. Taking a step, his right leg remains stiff — wooden memorabilia from the jungles of Vietnam. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Holiday cookouts boost boxed beef prices

Fed cattle prices are on the rise again, after a slight decrease last week, moving the 5-area cash cattle price up to $153.66. FULL STORY »

Brilliance cannot be found in a soy burger

“Is it all naturally derived?” asks New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker during a taste-test of a new plant-based burger. Apparently the jock has a reputation for avoiding anything with preservatives and is cutting back on his red meat consumption. FULL STORY »

Consumer’s decisions to purchase organic products driven by GMOs

Genetically modified organisms – the main reason parents are pushing their shopping carts into the organic section says the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study. FULL STORY »

Ties to the past, eye on the future Play video

Lynda Stuart and her family run a Virginia ranch that has operated continuously since 1774. At the BIF conference, she outlines how the operation has adapted to modern times, using artificial insemination, crossbreeding and feedyard data to improve genetic progress. FULL STORY »

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