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by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 — House report cites program shortfalls. Following on the heels of a Republican–authorized staff report stating that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not working, bills restructuring the law are expected to be introduced into the U.S. House and Senate this summer.
by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 — Cow hay prices to soften. — Higher quality forage to remain high. Average to good quality “cow hay” is expected to be much more readily available later this year and a little cheaper to buy, compared to the previous couple of years, thanks to a
by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 Dear Editor, In 1883 The National Cattle Growers Association was formed in Chicago. From that time on there has been an on going battle between cattleman, cattle feeders and meat packers. There always was a group whom I refer to as “that damn bunch” who
by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 — Two states affected, others being probed. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has expanded the ban on live cattle imports from Mexico to two states, with several other states under review for adhering to appropriate TB eradication protocol. Last Wednesday APHIS announced that cattle
by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 USDA and U.S. beef packing industry officials indicated last week that they are hopeful that South Korea, the third largest pre-BSE export market for U.S. beef, could be reopened to U.S. beef before the end of June. However, Korean officials said that while an agreement may be made this month,
by WLJ
2007 June 20
6, 2005 A calf with a fifth leg born in mid-May on Orlando Romero's ranch east of Tucumcari, NM., is causing a stir in the cattle industry. The heifer calf was born with the extra leg, with two hooves, growing from its back. Quay County Extension Agent Pete Walden,
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 For the first time this year the Livestock Marketing Association’s annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship can be accessed via the Internet. The 42nd version of this annual event will be broadcast live at www.lmaauctions.com on July 18. The day-long event will begin at 7:30 a.m., central time,
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 Integrated beef certification granted Three packers were recently granted Quality System Assessment (QSA) certification by USDA, which means they have “ranch-to-plate” monitoring systems in place that will give them a head start once the largest overseas beef export markets reopen their borders, particularly Japan and South
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 — $3-plus jump noted. — Market demand also better. A significant jump in the primary indicator for feeder cattle price trends at the beginning of the month caught the attention of both market analysts and cash market participants alike. The reason behind that jump, however,
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 — Granting of Canadian filings a surprise. — Arguments slated July 13. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week accepted a large number of amicus curiae briefs—also known as “friend of the court” briefs—in the appeal of an approved preliminary injunction banning
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 — ‘Immediate’ implementation voted against. The rift between country-of-origin labeling (COOL) proponents and opponents widened to cavernous proportion last week after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of continuing to delay the implementation of a mandatory labeling program.
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 A World Trade Organization (WTO) trade dispute panel recently ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with Mexico over tariffs that had been levied against U.S. beef since April 2000. The WTO panel found that Mexico’s imposition of anti-dumping duties breached international trade rules
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 A promising pre-harvest, live animal pathogen reduction technology could receive a stronger look from government regulatory and meat industry officials after scientists have found that it doesn’t jeopardize the health of consumers because of potential residue fears. Efforts to reduce deadly pathogens in meat have most
by WLJ
2007 June 20
13, 2005 The earlier-than-normal outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the Southwest has grown to include 29 confirmed cases in horses from 23 premises in six counties representing three states, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as of June 6. The counties infected with the
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 ConAgra’s Q4 earnings to slump ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, said earnings for its fiscal 2005 fourth quarter will be lower than expected primarily due to continued weak profitability in the company’s packaged meats operations. Those operations continue to be negatively impacted by high protein input costs coupled with inadequate pricing management, the company said. The company recently made several significant personnel changes in its packaged meats operations and expects those changes, along with better pricing management, aggressive cost-savings initiatives, and SKU rationalization, to improve the packaged meat operations over time. The company plans to cut about 1,000 jobs from its
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a $50 million Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) budget for fiscal year 2006, reflecting a slight decrease from the $50.5 million budget for fiscal 2005. The Beef Board, which administers the national checkoff program, projects revenue of $45.4 million for fiscal 2005, plus $4.6 million to be available from current program budgets as a result of projects costing
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 — UK test results expected late June. — Testing protocol breach suggested. A sample of brain matter from a “downer” cow collected last November was retested for BSE earlier this month and came back positive for the brain-wasting malady.
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 — Legal protections to be in place next month. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week announced the public release of a final environmental impact study (EIS) that confirms upcoming grazing rule changes will produce long-term benefits for public rangelands and not be
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 The tenuous nature of U.S. beef trade with Pacific Rim export partners became even more so last week following the announcement that a cow tested last November for BSE could have been infected with the disease. Officials in Taiwan, the most recent major export market to reopen to
by WLJ
2007 June 20
20, 2005 Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last Thursday announced the first Farm Bill Forum and the topics on which USDA will be seeking input from America's farmers, ranchers and rural residents regarding the development of the 2007 Farm Bill. "The next farm bill will affect America's entire agricultural community," said Johanns. "That's why I want to ask America's farmers and ranchers how our farm policy is working and how we can make it better. I believe very strongly that they deserve a voice in this process.” The first Farm Bill Forum will be held in Nashville, TN, on July 7 from 6:00 to