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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

Select beef: Who wants it?

“No man’s land.” Select seems to find itself there more these days. This article shares some examples of declining demand for the lower quality grade, and what that communicates to cattlemen.

Your cattle, data and the grid

Many cattlemen have an idea of how grid marketing works, but might still have some questions as they’re digging through carcass data. Paul Dykstra will present a free webinar, “Understanding grid marketing and carcass data,” on January 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Nominate quality cattlemen for 2021 CAB awards by Jan. 17

Cattlemen aren’t in it for accolades, but you know who they are and we need your help on their behalf. Their passion, drive and ability to create more top-quality beef lifts all of us and merits wider notice. Nominations are open until Jan. 17 for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand supply development awards.

January 31 deadline for CAB Colvin Scholarship

Selected by the Colvin Scholarship Fund Committee, applicants are judged on their activities, scholastic achievement, communication skills and reference materials. Applicants will be selected to win their share of $50,000.

Behind the brand

Of all the Angus-identified cattle, only about 35% make the cut for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. This news release covers our November webinar and details how those cattle get in, ways other cattle fall short, and what producers can do about it.

Black Ink

Old lessons, new challenges

I’ve been reading accounts from the Dirty Thirties lately and I don’t know if I’m drawn in to the unimaginable awfulness of it all, or the amazing hope. Our Greatest Generation that lived through things I can hardly comprehend. In it, there are things we can apply today.

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.

Videos: Industry Updates

CAB brand basics

February 2, 2021

Kara Lee gets back to the basic functions of the brand.

Convey genetic potential, reap rewards

Demand drivers bring opportunity

Better focus, better future

Cattle Crew Views

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.

Beef up your cooking

Before I started my job with Certified Angus Beef all I knew about steak is I wanted it medium-rare. My mom burns food and it doesn’t matter if it’s garlic toast or steak. So I was not used to getting medium-rare steak…

Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Alexis “Lexi” Koelling has been pulling a heifer around since she was three. Now 15, she’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, but you wouldn’t know by talking to her. You’d have to prod her a bit to find out she won Grand Champion in both the carcass steer and bred-and-owned carcass steer at the National Junior Angus Show this summer. It’s her 5th year in that competition, her second bred-and-owned.

Sustaining common ground

Steve knows that while consumers’ intentions are good, they aren’t always backed with the most accurate information. He explains points of sustainability on his ranch.

CAB Insider

Branded prices gain on Prime in 2020

Supply factors took center stage for cattlemen in the past year as COVID-19 ravaged the marketplace. The backlog of finished cattle, carcass weights and price discovery have been such burning issues for months now it’s been hard to free up mental space for anything else.

Premiums high in a lower market

We can’t count all the reasons why 2020 needs to find a hasty exit, but at least we can hope that a new year will bring on new dynamics for the cattle industry. We know we’re facing a first quarter in 2021 that will test our resolve.

First sales of CAB in China

Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday we’re resting on what has been a solid holiday run-up in beef carcass cutout values. Spot cattle and boxed beef prices diverge, while CAB makes its way into China.

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.

Read More Stories for Success

We do the information gathering so you don’t miss a beat at home. Stories of those who aim for quality and have hit their target, but keep aiming to get even better.