Camp Cooley brings $28.5 million

One of Texas’ largest and most historic ranches, the 10,600-acre Camp Cooley Ranch in Franklin, TX, sold for $28.5 million at auction to Circle X Land and Cattle last month. The ranch, located between Dallas and Houston, attracted 22 qualified bidders to the private auction, reports Hall and Hall Auctions. The $28.5-million sale price included surface and mineral/royalty interests.

Burton Eller retires

Burton Eller’s 30-year career of service to the U.S. cattle industry came to an end with his retirement on Sept. 30. In lauding the contributions of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) senior vice president of member services and industry affairs, Forrest Roberts, NCBA’s CEO, said Eller played a pivotal role in the development and passage of the Beef Promotion and Research Act in the 1985 Farm Bill, which created the $1/head national beef checkoff. And he was actively involved in the merger of the former National Livestock and Meat Board and the National Cattlemen’s Association to form NCBA in 1996.

Food safety concern falls

U.S. consumer concern about food safety declined over the past year. Thomson Reuters and NPR developed the monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on health issues, with the topic of food safety first addressed in July 2010. Survey respondents were asked the same questions in 2011 to chart changes in sentiment. The latest survey – based on responses of 3,017 participants interviewed from July 1-13 – found 57% were concerned with the safety of their food, down from 61% a year ago. When asked about specific foods, 44% of respondents said they were most concerned with the safety of meat, followed by poultry (30%), seafood (20%) and dairy products (6%) – all lower than in 2010.

Roger Berglund passes

Roger Berglund, a 20-year communications and media relations person for the American National Cattlemen’s Association/National Cattlemen’s Association, passed away Sept. 13 in Minneapolis, MN. He was 89 years old.

A World War II veteran who served as a staff sergeant and medic in the 103rd Infantry Division in Europe, Berglund worked as a journalist with the Mankato (MN) Free Press, United Press and Miller Publishing, among others, before joining the national cattle scene. He was preceded in death by his wife, BJ, and survived by their five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials can be sent to the University of Minnesota School of Journalism or the donor’s choice.

See Amanda in person

BEEF Daily Editor Amanda Radke continues to make waves beyond her daily posts. The Mitchell, SD, rancher recently published her first book, “Levi’s Lost Calf,” an illustrated children’s book. Learn more at www.createspace.com/3612406. You can also catch her in the public arena at these upcoming events:

• Oct. 19 – American Meat Institute Animal Handling Conference, Kansas City, MO. • Nov. 17-18 – Wyoming Women in Agriculture Conference, Casper, WY. • Dec. 5 – Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Producers Conference, Kearney. • Jan. 13-15 – South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Producers Conference, Spearfish. • Jan. 20 – Women In Blue Jeans Conference, Mitchell, SD.

Ethanol export record

U.S. ethanol exports set a monthly record in July by exporting 127.4 million gals. of denatured and undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol. The mark eclipses the previous record set in April of 120.1 million gals.

Ethanol exports through July 2011 total 588.5 million gals., which is more ethanol than was exported in 2009 and 2010 combined. The U.S. is on pace to export up to 900 million gals. of ethanol in 2011, as high sugar prices and lower-than-expected sugarcane ethanol output in South America have allowed the U.S. to overtake Brazil as the world’s leading ethanol exporter.

BEEF Book Corner

“Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt” (ISBN 0-89373-107-2) is a 272-page handbook loaded with practical production information for all cow-calf operations. Available from MidWest Plan Service (MWPS), the 8½- by 11-in. softbound volume offers contributions by 11 authors in 22 chapters covering topics from breeding programs to marketing. The handbook is available for $40, plus shipping and handling. Learn more by calling 800-562-3618 or visit www.mwps.org.