Drovers' Top 10 Articles of 2020

We've rounded up the top 10 stories of the year as decided by you, our readers. Take a look back at these memorable stories on Drovers.com in 2020.

10. Traffic Jam Ahead: COVID-19 and Livestock Market Risks

Economic data has yet to catch up with what’s happening, but the crash in the equity market is a clear indicator that markets think we are heading for a major contraction in output, Len Steiner says.

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9. COVID-19: Cattle Industry Losses Estimated At $13.6 Billion

Estimated cattle industry losses due to COVID-19 will reach $13.6 billion, according to a study by ag economists conducted to assist USDA in determining how best to allocate CARES Act relief funds to cattle producers.

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8. Proposed ‘Fed Cattle Set-Aside Program’ Surfaces

Modeled after a set-aside program used in Canada after the BSE crisis in 2004, the Fed Cattle Set-Aside Program proposal would fund placing cattle on a maintenance diet for 75 days.

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7. Montana's IX Ranch For Sale

The IX Ranch, Big Sandy, MT, spans 126,000 acres in the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains, and has had only two owners in its 128-year history.

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6. Derrell Peel: Be Careful What You Ask For

The anger and frustration of some cattlemen has turned to accusations and proposals for change that will have long-term implications and unintended consequences for the cattle and beef industry.

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5. Lottery Winner Lists Large SD Ranch

When Neal Wanless won a $232 million Powerball jackpot in 2009, he did what most young cowboys would do – he started building a ranch. Now, the Bismarck Trail Ranch is for sale.

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4. DOJ Subpoenas Big 4 Beef Packers

The Department of Justice on Thursday formally demanded information from America’s Big 4 U.S. beef packers regarding potential antitrust violations.

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3. Washington Cow Gives Birth to Quadruplets

The healthy calves beat survival odds of 1 in 11.2 million.

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2. Trump Asks DOJ To Investigate Meat Packers

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday he has asked the Justice Department to look into allegations that U.S. meat packers broke antitrust law.

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1. Newest U.S. Beef Packing Plant Poised to Make Big Splash

A small meat processing facility is gearing up for a big expansion—and the potential to make waves in the national livestock processing scene. Republic Foods expects to quadruple production by the end of the year.

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