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Marfrig increased its presence in the United States by acquiring a majority stake in Iowa Premium Beef last March.

Brazilians increase U.S. beef industry presence

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Brazilian beef behemoth JBS SA sent shockwaves through the U.S. beef industry nearly 12 years ago when it announced it was acquiring Swift and Company, the third-largest beef processor in the U.S. and the largest in Australia, for US$1.4 billion. Little did the industry know that Brazil’s second-largest beef company would eventually buy into the […] Read more

The quality seen in the North American beef supply continues to improve.

North American beef quality sets industries apart

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The Canadian and U.S. beef industries have made great strides over the past 20 years in improving the quality of the beef they produce. That is paying excellent dividends in both their domestic and export markets. While Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter, beef from North America is sought after globally and attracts a […] Read more


Consumer demand and tariffs will be key issues for the U.S. beef industry in 2019.

U.S. cattle prices expected to fall slightly

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Forecasting live cattle prices is always tricky but most analysts were close to the mark at the start of last year. U.S. prices were better than expected in the first quarter but mostly followed forecasts the rest of the year. Prices this year will likely be slightly lower than the average price in 2018 of […] Read more

Beef production is expected to rise in 2019 to 27.810 billion pounds, up 3.3 per cent from 2018.

Record protein supplies again

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Americans will enjoy ample supplies of red meat and poultry this year. Total 2019 production is expected to reach a record 105.570 billion pounds, up 3.0 per cent on 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). This would exceed the expected 2.4 per cent increase in 2018 from 2017. ERS […] Read more


Undeterred by tariffs, U.S. beef exports were up nine per cent from a year ago seen January through August.

Tariffs remain irritant

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One word — relief — summed up the completion of a new trade pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Agricultural leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico all breathed deep sighs of relief after the three countries signed the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. That’s because the new pact leaves intact all the elements […] Read more

Retailers featured ground beef around the Labour Day weekend, this year but they also sold more steaks due to American consumer demand.

Labouring after the holiday

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Labour Day and the week preceding it have the third-largest beef sales for the year in the U.S. Sales this year were stronger than normal and different from prior years. Retailers normally feature mostly ground beef and hot dogs ahead of the holiday. But this year they heavily featured bone-in rib steaks, T-bone steaks and […] Read more


Serums produced from fetal bovine blood used in the pharmaceutical industry are vital to the production of vaccines.

The copious cattle carcass

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

When consumers think of cattle, they mostly focus on the juicy steak, roast or ground beef that comes from an animal’s carcass. That’s if they even connect these and other beef products to an animal. What they seldom if ever think of is the copious number of byproducts from that animal that find their way […] Read more

Marfrig is the second-largest beef processor in South America behind JBS

Brazil’s North American push into the beef market

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

No one in the early 2000s could possibly have imagined that Brazil’s two largest beef companies would eventually own or control two of the U.S.’s four largest companies. Yet that is about to occur when Marfrig Global Foods completes its U.S. $969 million acquisition of 51 per cent of National Beef Packing. The latter is […] Read more


The meat industry can maintain its current momentum by addressing various population groups’ increasingly different approaches to meat.

Changing consumer trends

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

ALL wealth to the North American beef industry comes from consumers. So it’s critically important for the industry to closely track what consumers are doing, thinking and wanting. Americans’ food needs and wishes are changing significantly, and the U.S. meat industry needs to understand new trends to continue to deliver what consumers want. The same […] Read more

Lower cattle prices are coming

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Cattle feeders in Canada and the U.S. enjoyed a much more profitable 2017 than expected, in large part due to strong beef demand in North America and globally. They will again rely on strong demand and no disruption to the NAFTA provisions for beef and cattle trade because U.S. slaughter levels and beef production will […] Read more