With the weather issues in the US, a rise in fed cattle prices has followed.  Cattle feeders are very interested in the potential profits that can finally be squeaked out of the market.  Will this continue?  Can we expect 2010 to maybe be the turn around year that we thought was maybe possible back at… Read More

When your financial margins are under pressure people tend to pay more attention to the nuts and bolts of their operations.  Many consultants would say that you have to be doing this all the time not in just stressful times. At the NCBA tradeshow it was very clear that cattlemen are moving closer to the… Read More

Canada and Mexico have taken the issue of country of origin labelling (COOL) to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  We are basically one year into the implementation of COOL and the financial impact is severe.  The impact on the Canada and Mexico livestock markets has been very hurtful. The interesting thing that I found at… Read More

To me there is no better eating experience than eating beef.  Dave Zino is the Executive Chef with the NCBA and is responsible for spreading the word about cooking beef.  Dave travels North America educating and making sure that people understand the true beef eating experience.  The NCBA and the Beef Information Center both strive… Read More

Larry Hicks is the founder of CattleHedging.com and specializes in helping clients manage risk in Canada and the United States.  The cattle market has been just as viscous as any other market in agricultural commodities.  Larry has always been a proponent for making sure that customers protect their equity and assets and reduce the amount… Read More

In the United States the NCBA does a lot of work to make sure the consumer really understands the cooking process of beef.  The NCBA booth was full of cookbooks and other how to’s to make sure everyone enjoys the beef eating experience. I talked to Steve Leigh, a technician with the NCBA about how… Read More

After being in San Antonio for a couple days I have seen many shapes and sizes of cowboy hats.  I’ve been wondering why some people buy one and not another.  I asked several people on the tradeshow floor and most said that stetson is the hat leader.  I went to the Stetson booth to talk… Read More

One of  the great things about attending the NCBA convention is that you get a chance to hear what some of the NCBA analysts an staff have to say about the industry.  I was very fortunate to get a chance to talk with Gregg Doud. Gregg Doud is the Chief Economist at the National Cattlemans… Read More

This is my first trip the NCBA convention and I have been amazed at the scope of the convention. The first person that I had a chance to interview was Sara Brown, Livestock & Production Editor, Beef Today.  I asked Sara what a couple of the main issues were in the beef business in the… Read More

Troy Hadrick is a great model for agriculture producers.  Troy is not only a rancher in South Dakota but he also firmly understands the need for producers to tell the story of agriculture.  Agriculture has never received the attention it is getting now from the mainstream media.  Never before has agriculture had defend itself so… Read More

 

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