End meats help drive

End meats help drive

End meats help drive Price and purchases show marbling matters in the end, too By Miranda Reiman T-bones, sirloins, filets and strips—these are the beef cuts referred to as “middle meats.” Such steaks make up 12% of the carcass, but represent just under half of its...
More choices, less Choice beef

More choices, less Choice beef

More choices, less Choice beef Trying to please every beef customer takes more of the best   by Laura Nelson A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with...
It’s time to pay attention

It’s time to pay attention

It’s time to pay attention As the quality spread widens, prepared cattlemen profit   by Laura Nelson Boxed beef climbed 15% in value to start the year, but with the passing of summer into fall value trends began a dramatic differentiation. “At these prices,...
Testament to plan well executed

Testament to plan well executed

Testament to plan well executed Pratt Feeders wins CAB award   by Steve Suther A 38,000-head feedlot near Pratt, Kan., shows what can be done with a systematic approach to higher quality beef. Pratt Feeders committed to quality in 2003 by licensing with Certified...