How the beef value chain works

How the beef value chain works

How the beef value chain works  by Hannah Johlman When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high.But in a volatile market, the segments along beef’s supply...
Face the pace of change

Face the pace of change

Face the pace of changeFrom beef markets to production systems By Katie Alexander We are used to slow change in the cattle business.After decades at that pace, however, the North American cattle and beef industries are undergoing a rapid transition.“Farming and food...

Ag Outlook: Not so good, not all bad

Ag Outlook: Not so good, not all badBasse predicts price plateaus for most commodities  by Miranda Reiman “Who is going to flinch first?”Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co., said that’s the main question he and his team ponder when looking at this “plateau” phase...
Beef price ups and downs

Beef price ups and downs

Beef price ups and downs  by Hannah Johlman The cattle market zig-zags up and down more than ever, but so do prices for the end product, says a boxed beef reporter for Urner Barry, in Toms River, N.J. “Ranchers understand not only what it takes to raise an animal, the...
Breakaway demand for a premium beef brand

Breakaway demand for a premium beef brand

Breakaway demand for a premium beef brand  by Steve Suther The 2016 cattle market has disappointed many sellers, especially those only focused on more pounds or efficiency.Quality has played an increasingly key role since the “Great Recession” in 2008, and it promises...