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.
The latest USDA report on pasture and range conditions reveals continued deterioration of America’s grazing lands. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 8, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service reports that 21% of states reported conditions as Very Poor, while 29% were regarded as Poor, and 29% as Fair. States categorized as Good and Excellent were 18% and 3%, respectively.
Last week, 17% of acreage was categorized as Very Poor, 26% as Poor, 32% as Fair, 22% as Good, and 3% as Excellent.
When cartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose Rubes® cartoon appears regularly in BEEF magazine, saw his son’s electric guitar, its shape reminded him of a cow’s head, and a cow’s behind. Rubin turned his inspiration into a “Moosic Man” guitar, an homage and a takeoff to the iconic creation of the Ernie Ball Music Man Company.
This issue is important to U.S. beef producers because it’s important to every American. Higher-priced energy leads to higher-priced goods and services. That not only raises production costs, but suppresses demand for a lot of goods and services, not the least of which is beef.
The social media frenzy that led to a retailer pullback on lean finely textured beef is reversible, says Temple Grandin. But the experience offers a lesson on the need for more transparency in how livestock producers operate and how protein is processed, the noted animal handling expert says.
Readers responding to BEEF magazine’s latest state-of-the-industry survey appear hungry for a change in administration. A majority of respondents say the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, and almost 75% say they intend to cast their November votes for the Republican Party.