Conclusion

The marketing of beef will continue to be affected by concentration in the feeding and packing segments of the beef industry. Agricultural economists expect that average pricing will continue to dominate the market for slaughter cattle in the future. Unfortunately, grid pricing has captured only approximately 20% of total slaughter after a decade of promotion by beef industry groups and agricultural economists. This implies that excess fat production and product quality problems will be issues the beef industry will continue to grapple with in the future.

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