• Resource Articles

    • Animal Production and Marketing Issues: Retail Meat Prices and Price Spreads

      ERS develops price spreads for beef, pork, broilers, turkey, and eggs as a measure that describes the allocation of the consumer dollar among the various stages of marketing in the livestock/meat industry. The measuring points are the farm, wholesale, and retail levels in the marketing chain. Th…

    • With Cattle, the More Things Change, the More It Stays the Same

      Obviously, the world of cattle ranching is one that isn’t easily understood, but most of the world relies on beef as one of the staples of their daily diet and it comes from those people who tend to their herds on a daily basis, making sure they are healthy and that, ultimately, their beef makes f…

    • Cattle Ranching Hasn’t Changed Much in 200 Years

      Out with the old and in with the new is not necessarily the best way to examine cattle ranching as it is today. Many of the ways the earliest cattle ranchers from centuries ago still work today, even in the Internet and high-tech society that is overtaking the cattle ranching industry. There are sig…

    • It Takes Strategy to Build a Cattle Ranch

      It takes a lot of strategy to figure out how you are going to raise your herd of cattle. Some people say it is best to buy young calves, and others say that the best means to build a quality herd is to buy older feeder cattle that can provide an instant revenue factor. The main thing you have to do…