Even before the Starbuck Fire that took his grass, nearly half his 440-head cowherd, his tractor, most of his equipment and threatened him with physical peril, Ashland, Kan., rancher Mike McCarty was facing financial st
I’ve always thought of export markets as important to byproducts—the stuff you and I won’t eat. But if this economy doesn’t improve, or corn prices don’t come down, we may have to start thinking of the loin as a byproduct—not something Americans won’t eat so much as something they can’t afford to eat.
The mechanized poultry system is the biggest challenge facing the cattle industry, so part of me thinks it’s OK their practices come under scrutiny. If cheap meat is bad, you’ve got to figure beef is a more “ethical” choice than poultry.