United States Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on August 1, 2020. The inventory was 2 percent above August 1, 2019. This is the highest August 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.89 million […]

Protein supplier shares beef perspectives

By Kindra Gordon Henry Zerby has a unique perspective when it comes to beef and consumers. Not only is he a beef producer, he’s also vice president of protein procurement and innovation for Quality Supply Chain Co-Op (QSCC) Inc, a supplier to the fast food chain Wendy’s.  From that vantage point, Zerby, who shared remarks during the virtual Beef Improvement […]

Matsushima to receive Industry Achievement Award 

    “Learn the good things, forget the bad things.” That’s 99-year-old John Matsushima’s advice for living a good life.  Japanese-American heritage did not always make it easy, but you won’t often hear him talk about it. Instead, he focuses on the people he’s worked with – colleagues, peers and graduate students – as the secret to his success.  For […]

Daily Grain Report, Aug. 24th

CBW 08-26-20

Hot & Dry

I hope by the time you are reading this column, you are getting a reprieve from the heat.  The temperature in the last few weeks has been above normal for much of the United States. Even here in South Dakota, we have had a number of days above 90 degrees and a few over the 100-degree mark.  You know it’s […]

Drought intensifies in Colorado

    This U.S. Drought Monitor saw intensification of drought across parts of the western U.S. as hot and dry conditions persisted with a historic heat wave currently gripping much of the region. Since Aug. 14, dozens of high temperature records were broken across the West including a scorching 130° F recorded at the Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center in Death […]