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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
20, 2005 — Northern tier cattle 30-40 pounds heavier. — Cool weather could intensify front-end supplies. The normal seasonal summer spike in finishing weights of fed cattle started this year several weeks earlier than normal, and analysts are concerned that unseasonably cool weather could make the issue of front-end supplies even more severe over the next couple of months. For the week ending June 12, the average live finishing weights of steers being processed was 1,260 pounds, 18 pounds heavier than last year. Average steer carcass weights for that same week were 824 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than a year ago. The biggest jump in
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 28, 2007
A new study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University (ISU) conservatively estimates that the increased prices of corn driven by the demand for corn-based ethanol have already increased U.S. food retail prices by $14 billion annually. The study examined the impact of ethanol and other biofuels on the future and what kind of effect it could have on crop markets, the livestock sector, exports and grain-based food retail prices. The study found that if corn were to reach $4.42 per bushel, which is not out of the realm of possibility, as opposed to