BEEF Magazine: Science Is No Longer The Only Answer

With prices soaring, it’s easy to forget our industry faces some serious challenges. As an industry, we’ve always relied heavily on science as the main weapon against those who attack us. I’ve come to believe we must rethink this strategy, not because a science-based approach is wrong, but because science has become so politicized that it’s really no longer science.


Nebraska’s Governor Is Taking A Stand Against The Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS)

For years, HSUS has been conducting a state-by-state ballot initiative march across the country. But if the radical animal rights organization attempts to infiltrate his state, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman vows: “We’ll kick HSUS’ butt.”
Heineman made that pledge at the recent Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. According to a Nebraska Farm Bureau release, Heineman further warned HSUS, “You (HSUS) come to Nebraska, and you’re going to have the fight of your life. If you think you can intimidate Nebraskans, you’re kidding yourself. I’ll organize the whole state if that’s what it takes.” Heineman said he would work nonstop if HSUS pushes a ballot initiative, to be sure all the state’s citizens understand HSUS’ agenda and what it would mean in a state where livestock is the leading industry. “And then I’ll go to every state in the nation,” he said. “You have to be willing to stand up for your principles.”


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The fed cattle market was $1 to instances $2 lower lasst week in a moderate trade. In the South, sales were collected at $104 to mostly $105. For the North, the bulk of the trade was at $104 live and $167 to $168 dressed. The boxed beef market was steady to firm early but weaker late. Load counts remained light. Trimmings and rounds continue to provide support. Feeder cattle prices were steady to $3 lower for the week while calves traded in a wide range from as much as $3 higher, to instances of $2 lower after what have been very sharp advances over the past few weeks. Slaughter cows were even to $2 higher. Corn prices were primarily range bound this week on a lack of fresh news to move the market. An annual Cattle inventory report was issued today. All cattle were reported at 92.58 million, the trade was expecting 92.31 million head. This is down 1% from 2010. For recent market news and analysis, visit

DeMoines Register: U.S. cattle herd lowest since 1958

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that as of Jan. 1 of this year, the 92.6 million head of cattle in the U.S. were the lowest total herd in 53 years.