How can beef compete

How can beef compete

How can beef compete Higher prices bring higher expectations   by Miranda Reiman Eleven to one—those were the odds the beef industry was up against for two decades. “We got $10 in new spending over that 20 years, meanwhile our pork and poultry competitors got $110,”...
Heavy Cattle

Heavy Cattle

Heavy cattle Sorting the opportunities from the challenges   by Miranda Reiman Everyone in the beef chain seems to agree we need more of it. That’s the simple explanation for a trend that shows hot carcass weights (HCW) have increased 200 pounds (lb.) in four decades....
Uniform cattle increase profit potential

Uniform cattle increase profit potential

Uniform cattle increase profit potential   by Miranda Reiman John Simons ranches with his family near Enning, S.D., where they’ve focused on reducing variability in their Angus-based cowherd for the last 20 years. “If your calves all look the same, they’re just a...
Value-based cattle marketing dominates

Value-based cattle marketing dominates

Value-based cattle marketing dominates   by Miranda Reiman Selling fed cattle on a live basis is no longer standard practice, and some day it could end up as no more than historical reference. “The old selling-them-live method has given way to formula sales,” says...
Beef picture: record prices in, out

Beef picture: record prices in, out

Beef picture: record prices in, out   by Miranda Reiman If there was ever a good news/bad news story in the cattle feeding industry, this year is a classic example.  Market analyst Dan Basse, AgResource Company, warned cattle feeders of continued upward pressure on...