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.
Researchers Michael Mc- Connell, Kenneth Mathews Jr., Rachel Johnson and Keithly Jones pointed out in their study that, while it is easy to identify how much imported beef comes into the country and from what sources, identifying how much meat processed in the U.
Several Texas-based federal veterinarians charged with inspecting imports of live Mexican cattle into the U.S. are wary of traveling to, and working in, a newly-built facility just south of the Texas border in Nuevo Len, Mexico. The veterinarians cite safety concerns supported by the fact the U.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have recently identified tells of prion diseases like BSE which can be detected in the blood of infected animals. This discovery could pave the way for a blood test screening for prion-caused neurologic disorders in humans, and perhaps animals, too.
Following the scandal and eventual collapse of Eastern Livestock, the matter of payment of auction cattle has become more pressing. The company’s leaders were indicted for mail fraud and the company was alleged to have been involved in a six-year-long spate of check kiting.
The September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came out Wednesday, Sept. 12. This report held some surprises in corn, though the surprises were mostly in that the estimates varied so much from, and were so much stronger than, pre-report industry expectations.
A recent report from Canada points out the country’s dependence on the U.S. as a market for its cattle and beef. This fact is inspiring concern and the report calls for changes to recapture lost competitive standing and international market advantage..
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the removal of the Wyoming gray wolf from the endangered species list Friday, Aug. 31. Wolf management will be turned over to the state under an approved management plan. The wolf’s large population in the northern Rocky Mountain region was cited as the rationale for the delisting.
Argentina contacted the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the end of August seeking WTO consultation regarding what it alleges are illegal and unscientific trade barriers to Argentinean beef in the U.S. This move came just a week after the U.S. and Japan filed complaints with WTO alleging Argentinean import licensing rules are protectionist.