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Due to the reduced (and further shrinking) U.S. beef cow inventory, prices for cull cows (also referred to in a more consumer-friendly manner as “market” cows) have been extraordinary over the past few years.

It’s remarkable to see utility slaughter cows selling today for $70 per hundredweight (cwt). Over the past two years, they have consistently sold for around $60 per cwt.

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Cattle producers are a proud bunch with a history woven into the fabric of the U.S. They’ve battled weather, markets, feed shortages, pests and disease, generally coming out on top.

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Beefmaster Cattlemen introduced a product that created a niche. Their brand, Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender Beef, debuted in 2000 as a value-added select product and was designed to unite a supply of Brahman-influenced cattle with a demand for a lean and tender eating experience.

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The increased volatility in commodity prices has everyone concerned about the speculators’ contribution to higher gasoline prices and food prices.

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The cow/calf segment of the U.S. beef industry lost about 175,000 producers over the past 20 years, which equates to a loss of nearly 9,000 cow/calf producers per year.

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A recent flurry of activity regarding the rights of landowners in Texas and Nevada, states where the cattle industry is influential, should be a reminder to all cattlemen that their most valuable long-term asset – private property rights – should not be considered unconditionally protected from the government or a party the government favors over the landowner.

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