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Read previews or recaps of beef industry meetings, conferences or seminars. Coverage often includes photos and speaker interviews.

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Growing up on a Colorado cattle ranch, earning an animal science degree and riding for the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand for nearly 16 years, Paul Dykstra has learned a thing or two about “First-class feeder cattle marketing.”

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When critics of livestock agriculture take aim at the beef industry and its impact on the environment, cattlemen can’t afford to run, hide or sit idle.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension at the University of California – Davis, knows firsthand how scientific data has been manipulated to demonize livestock agriculture. The strategy to fight those misperceptions? Learn the facts about your cattle production methods and then get to work defending them.

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You’ve seen the headlines. You’ve decided you want to produce cattle for the Chinese export market. But what’s next? According to Doug Stanton, vice president of sales and customer development with IMI Global, you need to talk to your packer. If you’re a cow-calf producer, you need to talk to your feeder.

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In 1992, beef carcasses at Tyson Foods had four sorts at the packing plant. Just four. A Select grade carcass wasn’t even among the sort criteria.

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“If we were any other country, we’d be bankrupt,” said Terence (Terry) Stewart, an attorney with Stewart and Stewart Law in Washington, D.C., referring to the national trade deficit as he presented to the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association at their annual convention in Billings, Montana.

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Cattle just aren’t traded the same today as they were decades ago.

Chances are the beef business isn’t going to reverse its ways, said Iowa cattleman Ed Greiman during the Feeding Quality Forum in August.

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