Starting a Beef Direct Marketing Business

Whether you are currently a beef producer, or thinking of starting a feeding operation with the idea of selling directly to consumers, there are some important things to consider. Selling meat directly to consumers is completely different from selling animals through commodity market outlets such as auctions, livestock sales yards or commission agents. The advantage […]

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Common Factors that Affect Dressing Percentage of Beef Carcasses

During the past few months I have had a number of discussions with folks on dressing percentage of cattle and how come theirs were less than the numbers we typically use or expect to see.  Most of these questions were from people who direct market some of their animals and sell on hanging carcass weights. […]

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Beef pricing worksheet for producers considering direct marketing

A new tool is available to beef producers when pricing beef carcasses for consumers. Have you ever been asked by one of your customers how much a freezer full of beef will cost? Do you struggle to convert the live animal value to a carcass based price? Michigan State University Extension and the University of […]

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