In keeping with its efforts to improve consumer perception of and demand for U.S. beef, the Beef Checkoff Program has created an easy-to-use, go-to source for tips on talking to consumers about beef. The pamphlet— “Your Guide to Having the Beef Conversation”—covers a number of common consumer questions and concerns about raising cattle and eating beef.
Generally speaking, the fiscal cliff—also called “Taxageddon” in some circles—is the perfect storm when (or if) the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of 2012 and automatic government spending cuts to over 1,000 programs take effect at the beginning of 2013.
Ever wonder what that “guaranteed tender” sticker on beef packages at the store means? In the past, the definition varied from location to location or packer to packer. USDA has stepped in, however, and now requires specific, provable, consistent definitions to back claims of tenderness.
For three months now, Indonesian customs officials have impounded an estimated 2,500 tons of frozen beef at the Jakarta port on the northwestern tip of the country. The beef originated from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The move came on the grounds of exceeded import quotas.
Halloween saw the oneyear anniversary of MF Global’s spectacular collapse and declaration of bankruptcy. And while the frights of that experience might be gone along with the trick-or-treaters, the injuries it caused to the agricultural industry remain in the form of shaken confidence and lost trust.
Undercover coverage in the modern food chain is nothing new to the American public. Covert videos taken on farms down to misdeeds in high-end kitchens are readily available online. But the tradition Upton Sinclair made popular with “The Jungle” might have seen its youngest addition yet: a 10-year-old with a pocket camera.
Both the most recent Cattle on Feed report and the most recent Cold Storage report shows cattle and beef down. For the Cattle on Feed report, the numbers were down as expected, but they were well below industry expectations and surprising.
Of the 674 votes, 47 percent were in favor of the increase and 53 percent were against it. Reportedly, the 53 percent no vote represented 49 percent of the marketed cattle in the state while the 47 percent yea vote represented 51 percent of the state’s cattle.
The most recent undercover video to be made public documented egregious abuse of dairy cows in the nation’s largest dairy farm. A team of experts assembled specifically to review such videos unanimously verified the actions depicted constitute actual abuse rather than out-of-context practices used to shock an uninformed public.
The recall of beef processed in the XL Lakeside packing plant, owned by XL Foods and located in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, began back in mid-September because of possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. Since then, the recall has been expanded nearly two-dozen times to include thousands of products distributed all across Canada and in 41 different U.
The Argentinean National Health Service and Food Agency (SENASA, after its Spanish initials) announced last week that JBS Argentina has been cleared to again export thermallyprocessed beef products into the U.S. This comes almost precisely a year after the world’s largest packer was barred from exporting beef into the U.
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Minnesota’s Howling for Wolves are going to the Minnesota State Supreme Court to stop an impending wolf hunt. The groups say the hunt is basically illegal and an ineffective means of reducing livestock conflicts.
The word “sustainability” has become a watchword in today’s popular culture. In the trendy green world of social fads, the concept is wrapped up in emotion and Disney-esque images. But efforts are underway to introduce numbers and bring a dose of workable reality to this important conversation.
The most recent Grain Stocks report was released Friday, Sept. 29 by USDA. It reported all stocks of corn in all positions—on farms and in mills, elevators, warehouses, terminals and processors—stood at 988 million bushels (mb), well below prior year comparisons and industry and earlier USDA projections.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Colorado Beef Council, together with Colorado State University and the Center for Meat Safety and Quality, as part of the checkoff program, put on the first Beef Transparency = Trust conference.
Trade for cash negotiated fed cattle developed earlier last week than often happens, but remained light. Tuesday afternoon saw some very light trade around cattle country at $192 dressed in Iowa and $194 in Nebraska. Wednesday saw trade develop in the south Plains at $123 live and $190-192 dressed in the Corn Belt.
The most recent Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage reports came out Friday afternoon, Sept. 21. All numbers reported for the Cattle on Feed report were down from what the industry anticipated. This could mean supplies are and will be tighter than anticipated.