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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North Dakota To Consider Voluntary Checkoff

A North Dakota state representative has introduced legislation that would make the state's additional $1 beef checkoff voluntary. It would have no impact on the national Beef Checkoff.

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Greg Hanes: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

In this commentary Greg Hanes, CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, discusses the ways that Beef Checkoff dollars have been used in the past few months.

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Profit Tracker: Steady In The Red

Cattle and hog feeding margins were little changed last week, with both recording modest losses. Beef packers saw improved margins on significant gains in wholesale beef prices.

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USMEF Audio: Taiwan Expands Market Access for U.S. Red Meat, but with Some Controversy

On Jan. 1, Taiwan implemented market access changes for imports of U.S. beef and pork. For beef, the 30-month cattle age limit was eliminated. For pork, it established maximum residue limits for ractopamine residues.

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PepsiCo, Beyond Meat Partner to Develop New Plant-Based Snacks

PepsiCo Inc and Beyond Meat Inc said on Tuesday they would form a joint venture to develop and sell snacks and beverages made from plant-based protein.

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The Pandemic Upped My Cooking Game

New research shows I'm not the only one who upped my cooking game last year. A new study provides insight into which cooking and consumption habits are likely to continue into the new year and beyond. 

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