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Sometimes I think the U.S. consumer could learn a lot from international markets, especially in how we eat protein.

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The identity of cattle production has long been attached to the iconic image of the rancher roaming the prairie on horseback.

With today’s population of food consumers a few generations removed from the family farm, most of them likewise envision beef ranchers inspecting their herd while perched in a saddle.

This raises the question of whether that image is based in reality among today’s beef production herds. The answer is yes – but perhaps not as much as we think.

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Here's a great story from The Kansas City Star that shows how cattle rustling is still happening in beef production states - and how those suspects are being caught.

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Few beef packing plants have been through the kind of turmoil that the former XL Foods packing facility in Brooks, Alberta has seen in the past year.

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The USDA report for cattle on feed in July shows another drop in cattle on feed, down 3 percent over July 2012, while feedlot placements dropped 5 percent June from the year previous.

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071913 cooper 1The horse slaughter debate has increased from a slow lope to a steady gallop recently. As Iowa and New Mexico have made first steps to open new slaughter facilities, more states are starting to consider the same market possibilities.

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