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Beef Northwest is a diversified agribusiness with cattle feeding operations in Nyssa and Boardman, Oregon, and Quincy, Washington.

With a one-time capacity of 95,000 head, Beef Northwest is the Northwest’s largest supplier of quality cattle to Tyson in Wallula, Washington, and naturally raised cattle to AB Foods, in Toppenish.

Committed to the economic and environmental sustainability of the communities it serves, Beef Northwest traces its roots to the 1800s, when the Wilson family first raised cattle on Oregon’s productive rangelands.

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Meat of the Matter: The Great Debate

Who’s right? ‘Hardcore’ activists who want complete elimination of livestock? Or ‘reformers’ who want to make production humane? Who cares? Let’s just hope they just keep on fighting.

It’s always nice to get some recognition.

After years — decades, actually — of refuting the activists’ messaging and rebooting industry’s positioning, I guess I feel good that somebody’s paying attention, especially the so-called “serious” opposition to animal agriculture.

Meat of the Matter: Meatless Fridays?

In the weeks before Easter, millions of people avoid eating anything made with meat or poultry every Friday as a sacrifice during the Lenten season. That’s great — and here’s why.

With Easter Sunday still weeks away, we’re right in the middle of the Lenten season, for those of that religious persuasion.

Meat of the Matter: A nutty proposition

It didn’t take long for the self-proclaimed dietary experts to follow up the Dietary Guidelines recommendation to cut back on meat with their (allegedly) superior alternatives.

We’ve just seen the mission to pin the Earth’s environmental woes on livestock producers come full circle, with the “scientific” report (sorry to have to use quotes) of the Dietary Guidelines gurus urging Americans to shun beef — all meat and poultry is suspect, but cattle are being branded as the primary culprits — in an effort to promote “sustainability” and save the planet.

Show Mom Dairies: It’s a girl!

I could barely contain my excitement when I got the text from my husband during lunch last Tuesday. Waylon’s first show heifer, Bella, had her calf.

Even better? A heifer!

Once Waylon’s show heifer from last year, Velma, calves in the next month or so, the Lee calving season will be complete.

Yup. Two cows. Two calves.

We don’t even pretend that we have what could really be considered a “calving season.” My brother manages a ranch in Oklahoma that will calve about 900 cows this year. My dad once managed a ranch that calved 1,000-plus cows yearly.

Size matters

According to a study by Kansas State University, not all corn is created equal when it comes to how particle size affects feedlot cattle’s ability to digest corn and use it for energy and growth.

Chris Reinhardt, K-State Research and Extension feedlot specialist, says there is a strong relationship between smaller particle size and increased digestibility of the starch from grain.

The tale of the missing homozygotes

USDA NIFA grant enables national project aimed at improving reproductive rates in the U.S. beef cattle herd by identifying genetic variations in genes that cause embryonic mortality.

From the February issue of Drovers CattleNetwork.

Most ag markets set back from early highs Tuesday

Corn futures couldn’t Tuesday’s midsession gains.

West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal

U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports.

No deal yet in U.S. West Coast port dispute; talks to continue

Shipping executives and union leaders for dock workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remained locked in a dispute on Friday as talks, brokered by the U.S. labor secretary, headed into a fourth straight day.

Meat of the Matter: An apple a day

Keeps the activists away — especially if the food industry seizes a golden opportunity to begin voluntary GMO labeling with a product that is practically impervious to attack.

A new development in the realm of genetic engineering has gift-wrapped an opportunity for the food industry to begin the process of neutralizing public opposition to GMO labeling.

Once and for all.

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