After all the effort and money expended in the 2012 election, there really wasn't that much that changed, says Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s point man in Washington, D.C. The general dynamic, the general control, the general philosophies stayed pretty much like we've had the past two years, which is good and bad for U.S. cattlemen. Here’s why.
As a producer, do you think you usually make efficient use of a veterinarian’s time on your operation? Of 1,404 producers responding to an email survey in August, 46.6% said always, 50.6% said usually, and 1.7% said seldom. Interestingly, when veterinarians were asked whether their clients made the most efficient use of a veterinarian’s time during an on-farm call, only 2.4% of 83 responding DVMs said always, while 89.2% said usually, and 8.4% said seldom .
Bill Broadie is the founder of the All-American Beef Battalion (steaksfortroops.com), a non-profit organization dedicated to thanking the nation’s military by providing a steak dinner to every U.S. soldier. More than 130,000 steaks have been served to deploying and returning U.S. soldiers thus far. He is being honored as the 2012 Trailblazer Award winner.
Specifics are still preliminary but Gary Mickelson, Tyson Foods director of media relations, says the FarmCheck™ program of on-farm audits concernd the areas of human-animal interaction; access to food and water; general animal well-being; proper worker training; proper animal handling practices; routine self-auditing and monitoring of facility and animal caretakers by the producer; and records of activities and actions.
Following the conclusion of the two major political party conventions in early September, BEEF magazine ran a weeklong online poll on beef
magazine.com. We asked readers to weigh in on which ticket would win in November. Of more than 500 responses, 72% said Romney/Ryan, while 20% said Obama/Biden, and 8% didn’t know.
A tough drought is forcing many U.S. beef producers to scramble this fall to find alternative sources of winter beef cattle feed, as hay has become rare and/or prohibitively expensive. One potential source is cornstalk grazing, which researchers say can save over $1/day/cow compared to feeding expensive hay.
U.S. livestock producers were shocked earlier this year when the United Egg Producers snuggled up with the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) to lobby Congress for layer legislation. But that was nothing compared to the August thunderbolt when the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) slipped under the covers with HSUS.
The latest USDA Crop Progress report (week ending Aug. 12) shows 59% of U.S. pasture and range in the 48 states to be in Poor or Very Poor condition. That total percentage remains steady from last week, but considerably worse than last year’s 39% figure.
Citing lack of progress on a succession of legislative and regulatory fronts, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is now looking to the courts. During the group's annual meeting last week, Fred Stokes, OCM president and director, announced that OCM and the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) were joining forces to seek an injunction against USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.
USDA's latest Crop Progress report (July 30) shows U.S. pasture and range conditions continuing to fall in quality. For the week ending July 29, 29% of pasture and rangeland in 48 states was categorized as Very Poor, while 28% was Poor, 26% was Fair, 15% was Good and 2% was in Excellent condition. Last week's Crop Progress report cited 26% as Very Poor, 29% as Poor, 27% as Fair, 16% as Good and 2% as Excellent.
New research presented last month by Washington State University’s Jude Capper provides an eye-opening perspective on how modern technology in beef production not only feeds the world more efficiently but boosts the environment.
Too much work, too little time, not enough help – that’s the workaday life on a U.S. cattle operation. With no shortage of tasks that require pushing, pulling, lifting and digging, utility tractors are indispensible workhorses. Here’s a rundown of some of the units available for 2012.
Government estimates on U.S. pasture and range conditions for the week ending July 22 indicate a slight deterioration compared to the prior week. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 22, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NAAS) reports that 26% of U.S. pasture and rangeland was graded as Very Poor, while 29% were regarded as Poor, and 27% as Fair. Pasture and rangeland categorized as Good and Excellent were 16% and 2%, respectively.
Lean finely textured beef (LFTB) is too valuable to the U.S. consumer to be lost to the industry and will recover its position in the human food chain gradually over the next 2-3 years. That’s the estimation of researchers at Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group, a global team of more than 80 analysts who monitor and evaluate global market events that affect agriculture worldwide.