Beef Quality Assurance; Taking Pride in Caring for Cattle

Protecting consumer confidence in beef. That is the the main goal of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and I had the opportunity to become BQA Certified last week. BQA is an educational training for producers to build awareness of industry standards based on recommended national guidelines and research from USDA and the beef industry. […]

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Is grass-finished beef healthier for me?

I get this question a lot. “Are your cattle fed grass or grain?” The question that usually accompanies this is, “Isn’t grass-fed beef healthier?” One common misperception with meat-buying is that organic, natural or grass-fed beef are healthier for me. No matter what type of beef food-eaters choose, they can be confident all types of […]

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Local meat

“Locally produced” is one of the hottest terms in the food business today, according to an article posted recently on CattleNetwork.  I’ve discussed “local” before with expanding our definitions of local, food trends and even “big beef”. But I guess I’ve never really defined (on the blog) my own definition of “local”. Local to Me: […]

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Challenge of correcting misinformation: Accepted.

I don’t always agree with AMI, but when I do – I agree with their stance to correct misinformation. Besides my secret obsession with “the most interesting man” I totally thought of this quote when I read the Meat’s Case blog by Eric Mittenthal, The Challenge of Correcting Misinformation. I’ve shared this frustration and challenge […]

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The kindest cut of meat?

“As Americans plan their Independence Day barbecues,  they should skip the tony sirloins and chops, and opt for what can be the most sustainable, economical, gastronomically flexible and morally responsible cut of meat: ground.” – NY Times Whoa…back that up. Wasn’t ground beef being slandered as “pink slime” a few months ago and now is […]

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“Pink Slime” not eye-appealing? Neither is caviar.

If you don’t read anything else about this post, please read this line: LFTB is just beef. It’s safe -  not eye-appealing – but nether is caviar. LFTB, short for lean finely textured beef, has been dubbed by the media as “pink slime”. Sure it sounds gross. Makes my stomach churn. But here are the […]

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Where’s the Beef?

I featured McDonald’s new commercials a few weeks ago, but the new Wendy’s restaurant commercials are stirring up the pot! We’ve all heard of Wendy’s TV commercial of Clara Peller’s line, “Where’s the Beef?” that was made popular in 1984.   Well, Wendy’s has had a newer version of this slogan in a commercial out […]

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Healthy food: Eat less dark-green, more orange

I want to point out an article from Feedstuffs FoodLink about the cost of healthy foods and what we can expect to pay this year for healthy food. The article states that diets normally are a diverse makeup of foods — some that are more healthful and some that are not as healthful — and […]

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Consistency in Beef

Part 9: I find this beef innovation particularly interesting and important – mostly because I enjoy a great, juicy steak and am glad I can rely on the grading system of beef to provide that! From the beginning, beef was more about protein than pleasure and used as draft animals or for milk until they […]

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