America's Big Beef

America's Big Beef
7:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Beef Checkoff Feud Exposes Divide Within Cattle Industry

Allen Berry co-owns a cow-calf operation with his wife near Trenton, Mo. Like all other cow-calf operators, Berry pays into a fund that benefits the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for each animal sold.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

When Allen Berry brought his 11 yearlings to the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri last month, he paid into a fund that at first blush, seems a bargain.

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America's Big Beef
7:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Beef Feedlots Grapple With Endless Waste

Allan Sents co-owns McPherson County Feeders, a beef feedlot in central Kansas, with his wife Deanna. His 11,000 cattle produce a lot of waste.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

You think you deal with a lot of bull crap? Allan Sents needs a front-end loader and a dump truck to deal with all the cattle manure he’s up against. Literally.

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America's Big Beef
5:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Judging A Cow By More Than Its Cover

Owner Rhett Lowderman and his team gather around his prize-winning Hereford, LCC Patton Kiwi 116 ET, which won the Reserve Grand and Champion Intermediate Female Award at the American Royal.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

Backstage behind the cattle pens at the giant livestock show at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., “cow fitter” Maddee Moore was awash in glamour goods.

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America's Big Beef
2:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Public Research For Private Interests

Dr. Dan Thomson, a Kansas State veterinary professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, holds a "Beef Quality Assurance" training at the Beef Fest in Emporia, Kan., in August.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Agricultural colleges in the top five beef-producing states have become quasi-arms of the cattle industry, selling science to corporate bidders who set the research agenda with their dollars.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

America's Big Beef

Cow carcasses
Thomas Bjørkan

Just how much influence does Big Beef have in Cowtown?

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Harvest Public Media
1:01 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Newspaper Series Faults Big Beef

Workers trim beef at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City, Neb.
Keith Myers The Kansas City Star

What should you know about the beef on your table? The Kansas City Star answered that question with a three-part series on the beef industry.

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2:35 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

New Reporting Series Covers 'America's Big Beef'

On Monday, Harvest Public Media launches a five-part series called "America’s Big Beef: An Industry in Transition." It's a deep dive into the big business of cattle.

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