What’s In a Number? Leveraging Scanner Data to Understand the Retail Beef Consumer

You’re in the grocery store checkout line and as each item passes over an electronic scanner, you hear that omnipresent beep, beep, beep. Originally adopted in the mid-1970’s to speed up pricing and checkout, the scanner, with its ubiquitous bar code, facilitates retailer inventory management, loyalty cards and couponing, as well. 
 


Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Trends Analyses

October 2016

Cattle Markets Have Many Moving Parts

What a tremendous variance in emotion, perspective and market psychology on behalf of cattle producers and especially cow-calf operators over the past two years from the two years preceding.  Cow-calf producers have endured the bulk of the decline in margin, at the same time they had the most margin to lose. Think of it this way, there’s only so much margin per animal and each segment (i.e. cow-calf, stocker, feedyard, packer, retailer) is attempting to get the highest percentage of the pie.
 


Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Trends Analyses

October 2016

Ground Beef Challenges

This article will look at more direct challenges to ground beef demand, and discuss needed industry actions. This article is written in recognition of the importance of ground beef to the beef industry, with close to 60 percent of current beef volume domestically reaching the market as ground beef.
 


Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Research Findings

October 2016

How to Measure Trust in Beef and Beef Production and Why it Matters

The beef industry’s 2016-2020 Long Range Plan (LRP) was adopted in the summer of 2015. The plan, whose vision is “to responsibly produce the most trusted and preferred protein in the world,” set forth to address four focused core strategies.

Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Research Findings

October 2016

Potential Use of Vaccination for the U.S. Cattle Herd in Response to an FMD Outbreak: Benefits and Challenges

While not a human (public) health concern, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is the most contagious disease of livestock with cloven hooves, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. The virus rarely kills adult animals, it causes fever and painful blisters in/on an infected animal’s mouth, muzzle, feet and teats, often resulting in dramatic loss in feed intake, weight gain, body condition, and milk production. Foot and Mouth Disease is the most important disease restricting global trade of animals and animal products, and presents the greatest economic threat to U.S. animal agriculture, with devastating economic impacts extending far beyond animal agriculture. 

Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Issues Updates

October 2016

Helping Consumers Reduce Food Waste

Food waste has been a worldwide topic of conversation for the past few years and rightfully so - nearly 40 percent of the food raised and grown in the U.S. is thrown in the garbage and ends up in a landfill. Although beef is seen as a precious food source and is among one of the least-wasted commodities, beef waste is a significant issue.

Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Issues Updates

October 2016

Antibiotics Q&A with BQA Advisory Board Chairman, Dan Kniffen, PhD

Dr. Dan Kniffen and his wife, Dr. Ann Swinker, operate Windy Butte Ranch-Kniffen Livestock in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. The 35 head cow-calf and seed stock operation specializes in purebred Hereford cattle.
 


Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Questions and Answers

October 2016

Issues Media Monitoring and Response Analysis: July -- September 2016

On a daily basis, the Beef Checkoff-funded Daily News Team carefully surveys the landscape across traditional media, broadcast media and social media to determine which issues warrant a response.
 


Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, Fall 2016, Issues Monitoring

October 2016

Tags: Beef Issues Quarterly, CattleFax Insight, Fall 2016

October 2016