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Add value to calves

“Value” in feeder calf marketing is a relative term. All calves have some and the trick is to capture your share, said Paul Dykstra. Success is rooted in your customers he said. Customer changes through the supply chain from feeder, to packer to consumer.

Rebound

Shocks to the beef industry were all part of 2020’s “unprecedented” theme, but how the market responded was less surprising. That’s from RaboResearch analyst Dustin Aherin. When history is in the making, cattlemen should be innovative.

A scours change

Just like regular maintenance on your vehicle, prevention is the best way to ward off scours in your cow-calf herd. But sometimes the best treatment plans fail, with lasting effects on calf performance. That’s why ranchers should try to get ahead of the problem.

Hindsight for the future

Randy Blach gave hindsight to the industry’s past 40 years to prepare for the next 40 at the 2020 virtual Feeding Quality Forum. While 2020 is a tumultuous year, perspective gives us hope for the future. There’s optimism for the future, but not without challenges.

The market demands more demand

Even without a worldwide pandemic, economic shutdowns and disruptions in food processing, Dan Basse would have covered demand drivers at the 15th annual Feeding Quality Forum. Economic wild cards include political outcomes and continued stimulus measures.

Registration opens for Feeding Quality Forum webinar

The 15th annual Feeding Quality Forum will be a free, two-day, virtual event delivering tangible tools and ideas for commercial cattlemen and feeders. This year’s agenda has a strong focus on the markets—an ever changing topic this year.

Latest headlines

VanStavern remembered with meat science “mentorship”

Bobby “Dr. Bob” VanStavern is famous within our walls as the author of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand specifications, but perhaps his greatest contribution to the beef business was his influence on young meat scientists. To honor his role as mentor and support future students, the brand is funding an American Meat Science Association scholarship in his name.

CAB communications internship open now

CAB brand interns draw on their writing skills and creativity to share the stories with stakeholders. The opportunity provides practice in photography, videography, website management and more across the brand’s multi-media channels allowing students to learn more in their areas of interest.

Another billion in the books

Global sales of 1.175 billion pounds. In a year like we’ve all had, we welcome a fiscal year that ends on that note. For the first time in 16 years, CAB reports lower annual pounds sold. Still, 2020 was one of strong performance and the fifth consecutive year with sales of more than a billion pounds across 51 countries.

Flavor’s secret ingredient

As a moderately to highly heritable trait, marbling is something that cattlemen have a lot of ability to manage. It also happens to be one of the major contributors to beef flavor. Texas Tech University meat scientist Jerrad Legako spoke about the topic at the 2020 American Society of Animal Science meetings.

Eager to learn, ready to teach

It’s a call to serve, the same that led John Grimes to run for the American Angus Association board of directors. The sun now setting on his second three-year term, he reflects on his leadership as Certified Angus Beef® board chairman. The head of Maplecrest Farms in Hillsboro, Ohio, says there’s no instant gratification in the cattle business, with constant change cattlemen have to be nimble.

Black Ink

Look back later

“Nobody likes to hear this in the middle of a trial, but it seems often true in life and business: the thing that feels so hard now, won’t always feel hard.” Miranda’s Black Ink® column for November touches on the idea of growth, and how it often feels better in hindsight.

Keeping up

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if you’re falling behind, this column is encouragement for you. It’s a reminder to keep forward momentum. To see change and technology and figure out how to balance it all.

Anticipation

In the positive sense, anticipation is pent-up excitement. Oftentimes the intensity of that is directly proportional to the length of the wait and the magnitude of what’s at stake. The emotion is often felt in cattle country, though talked about with less frequency.

Videos: Industry Updates

Making forward progress

November 24, 2020

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Leadership amid change

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Cattle sense

Cattle Crew Views

Beefed up findings

Frank Mitloehner presents his findings on the animal ag sector’s impact on global warming. He explains how cattle counterbalance other fossil fuel sectors, proving that cattle are a solution and not a threat.

This too shall pass

There are no words that will take away the devastating slap of a market drop, the pain of a postponed bull sale or the exhausting frustration that things feel out of control. The page will eventually turn and the world will still need great beef and those who raise it.

Speaking of meat

CAB chefs and meat scientists are so good at sharing their know-how that a whole range of listeners will sign on from city streets to ranch sand hills and beyond. Now find their expertise in their new podcast “Meat Speak”.

The stories that barn could tell

Every barn means something to the people who spend so much of their lives in it, but it takes sharing those moments with the rest of the world. Sheltering Generations does that and gives back to rural communities.

CAB Insider

Carcass quality spreads widen on seasonal demand

From a feedyard’s perspective, the fourth-quarter quality spreads are an important seasonal factor. Many feeders with high-quality Angus genetics in their inventory procure cattle with the expectation that carcass quality premiums will be near their annual highs during this period.

Select carcass value pressure

Producers merchandizing their spring calf crop the second week of October were likely relatively pleased with the outcome, while those marketing in the subsequent week were handed a difficult dose of reality. Volatility is alive and well. The fact that premiums exist and opportunities to charge more for higher quality are the drivers of the system.

Closing the books on a rollercoaster year

Supplies of market-ready cattle are simply not as burdensome as they were just weeks ago. As a matter of fact, feedyard showlists from north to south across the major feeding states are smaller this week than a year ago.

Prime roars back

Market Update Last week’s trade featured what cattle feeders hope is a trend reversal, with a $1 to $2/cwt. increase across major feeding regions. The Cattle on Feed Report published last Friday revealed a second consecutive record-high beginning inventory for August...

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