Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm   by Abbie Burnett Disappointing cattle prices loom like storm clouds. A third of producers are losing money, while others get by with modest returns and worry about those thunderheads. There are silver linings, of course. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz...
Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Champions on the hoof and under the hide

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...
Of dreams and going all in

Of dreams and going all in

Of dreams and going all in “I wish I could just move west and buy a ranch.” It’s something I’ve heard my dad mutter for years. He’s been around agriculture all his life, stacking hay as a teen and raising Hereford steers for the freezer as an adult. But Maryland is...
Efficient, high-marbling beef

Efficient, high-marbling beef

Efficient, high-marbling beef Weak correlation between traits makes good news for cattlemen. by Morgan Marley Everybody who makes a living in the beef industry wants more efficiency, especially if it doesn’t sacrifice carcass quality. Animal scientist Dean Pringle...
Staying on Track

Staying on Track

Staying on Track by Nicole Lane Erceg Why do we call substantial disasters “perfect” storms? It feels like an oxymoron. The title perfect storm seems a more fitting descriptor for the rain that comes just in time to break a drought, or the swirling clouds that bring...