This week’s online poll question at beefmagazine.com is: “How integral are exports to U.S. cattle prices?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.
"we need to make other countries live up to their responsibilities in trade agreements." -- Maybe you should take a look at COOL and give your head a shake.
No byproducts of beef production aren't the major source of revenue in the export markets. In fact the biggest export market is to Canada, and Canadians don't consume products that Americans don't want. So you must be wondering why would a country that produces more beef than it consumes be Americas biggest customer for beef products?
Its all about marketing we buy beef in thousands of products from canned food to frozen pizza also there are value added markets like all natural grass fed, hormone free and so on.
There are a lot of jobs in the beef industry, the cow calf producer is just one link in a very long chain. Think of the jobs in equipment manufacturing, trucking, feeding and trading of cattle plus all the jobs in the packing plants and food production. If COOL continues Canada will put tariffs on all these products and more Americans will be out of work.
The items that we export that are not highly used in the US are a large part of the real up kicker for we beef producers in this country. We do not want to loose or markets.
Perhaps a better question would be how important are imports to the US industry and cattle prices? Without imports you wouldn't have enough to export.
I agree, we can't afford to go backwards after all the work that has been put into creating these opportunities with other countries. They are becoming a true part of our marketing scheme.
Exports are very necessary to maintain our prices. We need to make sure that we don't give up too much in exchange for open markets and we need to make other countries live up to their responsibilities in trade agreements.
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