Daily Archives: August 4, 2020

New Opportunity to Learn About Direct Meat Marketing

New Opportunity to Learn About Direct Meat Marketing

Colter Brown

Northern AG Network

Farmers, ranchers or butcher who want to learn about direct marketing meat can participate in the new Western Meat School. The Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network (NMPAN) is excited to announce the new hybrid learning short course created for small meat producers and processors.

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How Many Pounds of Meat Can We Expect From A Beef Animal?

How Many Pounds of Meat Can We Expect From A Beef Animal?

Randy Saner, Brianna Buseman

University of Nebraska

Consumers who buy a live animal from a local cattle producer or 4-H member for custom processing are often surprised by the amount of beef they receive, the amount of freezer space needed and that they did not get back the entire live weight of the animal in retail cuts.  This article will discuss how to estimate how much meat you will receive when purchasing an animal to harvest.

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Adding preconditioning to your marketing plan

Adding preconditioning to your marketing plan

Eric Bailey

Progressive Cattle

Weaning is a challenging time for cattle and their owners. Our management decisions affect calves’ response to stress, which is a contributing factor to illness.

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Consumer perspectives on animal welfare

Consumer perspectives on animal welfare

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

The annual Power of Meat 2020 study provides a comprehensive look into various trends driving consumer behavior and perspectives. Accordingly, it’s subtitled, “An in-depth look at meat through the shopper’s eyes.” The report is published by FMI (The Food Industry Association) and the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, prepared by 210 Analytics LLC and primarily sponsored by Cryovac (a division of Sealed Air)

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Red Meat And Poultry Production “Fully Recovered”

Red Meat And Poultry Production “Fully Recovered”

Greg Henderson

U.S. red meat and poultry production has “fully recovered” from the disruptions earlier this spring caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the conclusion of Steiner Consulting Group following an analysis of June production data showing combined beef, pork, chicken and turkey production was estimated at 9.046 billion pounds, an increase of 8.2% over June of 2019.

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2020 Beef Feedlot Short Course registration open

2020 Beef Feedlot Short Course registration open

LeMars Daily Sentinel

The 2020 version of the Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 11-13 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research and best management practices, and the best way to accomplish this is in a small group setting with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction.

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Wyoming’s industry beef

Wyoming’s industry beef

Nick Reynolds

Casper Star Tribune

At the beginning of the year, a growing number of lawmakers joined on to a growing national campaign for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the nation’s major meatpackers for unfair business practices that resulted in a series of policy recommendations in a report released a little over a week ago. (The full investigation is still ongoing.)

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Steps for Beef Producers Dealing with Storm Damaged Crops

Steps for Beef Producers Dealing with Storm Damaged Crops

AJ Taylor


The crop damage in parts of Iowa from the mid-July wind and hail storms has been spotty and variable, leaving producers with everything from slight damage to complete defoliation of corn and beans. Much of the corn damage was leaning or lodging caused by high winds, with most plants having uprighted their growth by now moving into pollination.

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Good news for Montana cattle producers

Good news for Montana cattle producers

Russell Nemetz


Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, retail beef demand remains strong and that’s good news for cattle producers. Even though COVID-19 shuttered meat processing facilities and food service outlets nationwide, one thing the coronavirus hasn’t affected is the appetite by consumers for branded beef products like Certified Angus Beef (CAB).

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Long Range Goals Set By Beef Committee

Long Range Goals Set By Beef Committee

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Committee members want to see the Consumer Trust Index climb 5 percentage points by 2025. They believe more Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) participation and certifications across the industry as a whole will be foundational in achieving this and hope to see BQA certifications climb 10% per year, with national standardization of the program by 2023.

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