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Avoiding the storm

The health of an animal is important at every level of production. Researchers have found a way to select cattle for disease-resistant genetics and strong immune systems.

The Resistance

Antibiotic resistance in cattle is a growing concern for producers and consumers. The goal for cattlemen and women is to implement strategies at the management level with good animal husbandry practices, routine health exams and vaccination.

The Resistance Part II: The bacteria battle

Antibiotic resistant bacteria come about in many forms, and employ several tricks to keeping long-standing treatments from working. Anytime a drug is used, it may lead to less effective options the next time around, no matter the class. Part II in a two-part series.

The Resistance Part I: Works today, not tomorrow?

Antibiotic resistance. You’ve heard about it in the mainstream headlines, but this first in a two-part series covers the “why” it matters to animal agriculture and what cattlemen can do about it.

Fueling your cows

Your powerhouse cow can’t grow a calf of the same caliber without the grass to match. That’s why forage management needs to adapt quickly to uncontrollable changes like drought. Record keeping and monitoring are key.

Don’t wince

We all know cattle have a super power: they turn forages and grain into edible protein. What do those with the buying power know of that story? Two speakers at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention put data to both the science and economic incentive of our beef sustainability discussions.

Latest headlines

Best of both worlds

Brian Bertelsen, U.S. Premium Beef (USPB) vice president, spoke at the Beef Improvement Federation’s recent online symposium, covering everything from hot carcass weight to quality grade targets. This article shares the data that shows what’s really possible.

Lights, camera, cook!

The COVID-19 pandemic and its lack of options for dining out changed the home kitchen’s role in daily lives. With society running on a new schedule, chefs at the Certified Angus Beef® brand explored different ways to connect with consumers. CAB Chefs Michael Ollier and Gavin Pinto started by meeting consumers where they are—in the comfort of their homes.

CAB intern Herring draws on passion, heritage, education

CAB summer intern Maeley Herring has a rich understanding of the cattle business and the heart to match. The Texas Tech University graduate will share cattlemen’s stories by drawing on her Texas family ranching heritage and personal experiences to connect people with ideas.

New thresholds for Targeting the Brand™

Breeders and bull studs use the Targeting the Brand™ logo to denote bulls that excel in the marbling EPD and the Grid Dollar Value Index. The genetic requirements were recently updated: so that commercial cow-calf producers better find sires that help them hit CAB brand specifications.

Field trips to the farm

Have you ever wished everybody in your social circle could visit a farm or ranch? They could see what cattle eat, what chores look like, and all about animal care. With virtual learning skyrocketing during COVID-19, it sparked inspiration. Bring the ranch to the people.

Black Ink

The taste of change

Which traditions are worth holding on to and which ones need a second look? In 2020, change and disruption have been around every corner. Things look different in our newsfeeds, but the cattle in the pasture feel the same, undisturbed by the stressors swirling around us.

Faith and flexibility

Mom and Dad took care of us first in times of crisis, knowing everything else would follow. As this worldwide pandemic brings another chain reaction and disruption that seemingly came out of nowhere, I find myself struggling in this career. They say, “Hindsight is 20/20,” but when looking back on 2020, I hope it shows faith and flexibility carried us through.

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.

Videos: Industry Updates

Genetic demand starts with consumers

June 23, 2020

Art and Stacy Butler include high-quality carcass traits in their seedstock so that their commercial customers may earn a premium.

Simple techniques, big results

Reimagining liver health in beef cattle

Above and beyond nutrition

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

Outlook for heifer retention and cow numbers

Packers have proven capable of not only large weekly production but of daily headcounts on par or larger than a year ago. The turnaround in the cattle cycle and the abnormalities of 2020 will further incentivize producers to shrink the nation’s herd.

Out front sales leap

With increased boxed product supplies comes a strong demand from the buying side to secure previously scarce supplies. These days, price is more favorable for end users. Fed cattle supplies are overwhelming and packer margins still leave room for boxes to be marked cheaper on larger production volume.

Picking up the pace

Federally inspected headcounts have seen rapid recovery since the lows experienced in April. For the past two weeks, the FI harvested headcount has been 86% and 89% of the same two weeks a year ago. Fed cattle prices have remained steady, averaging $116/cwt., with carcass weights steadily creeping higher.

Grid values improve, grade runs high

From a beef demand perspective, nothing is normal as we are just a week removed now from all-time cutout highs. However, end-users are still buying what beef they can and consumers are generally clearing meat case inventories.

Watch the CAB Market Report

From beef sales trends to grid nuances, CAB experts from across the company discuss how to market matters to you.