U.S. cattle slaughter was up an estimated 25% over the previous holiday-shortened week as beef packers gradually return to near-normal capacity utilization.
Data from USDA's monthly cattle on feed reports and rising feeder cattle prices in July suggest cattle feeders have pen space to fill and the backlog of cattle is now diminishing.
The clearance of land for cattle pasture is responsible for 80 percent of the forest destruction in the Amazon, according to data from Yale University.
Beef supplies will continue to grow in 2018, but robust demand keeps all sectors modestly profitable.
The U.S. beef industry is a forage-based industry and that one distinction from the pork and poultry industries will hinder any future vertical integration, says John Nalivka.
New procedures would allow for immediate investigations to remove contaminated ground beef from the U.S. supply chain before it reaches consumers.
DNA markers can identify animals, even after meat processing and the rapidly-growing Open Prairie brand will use the tracing tech.
Ranchers can no longer consider their end product as calves or yearlings, with their role in the industry complete once those calves or yearlings are loaded on a truck and leave the ranch.