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.
The most recent Cold Storage report shows stocks of total red meat and poultry in cold storage as of July 31 at 2.24 billion pounds (bp). Of that, beef represented roughly 20 percent at 455.74 million pounds (mp). When compared to the previous report, beef in cold storage dropped 3 percent but increased in its portion of overall red meat storage.
According to the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) active fire mapping service, 2012 year-to-date has had the most fire damage seen in six years, with 7.29 million acres burned already. Only 2005 and 2006 saw more destruction at this time in the year at 7.32 million acres and 7.
The most recent USDA monthly Cattle on Feed report which came out August 17 showed few surprises. However, some perspective is needed. Even though placement numbers are down compared to expectations, the numbers are still unusually high relative to the past six years.
The first of many bills for the state’s new fire fees have been sent out to rural California residents. The proceeds of the fee go to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal- Fire), but opponents say the fee is an illegal tax and it will soon be challenged in court.
Cash trade trickled along the first half of the week unable to produce a market test. Bids generally trailed asking prices by $4-6 dollars. Asking prices for live cattle in the Southern Plains started the week high at $124, but gradually dipped down to $122-123.
The August USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came out Friday, Aug. 10. The report showed beef production up compared to prior projections, but still down compared to prior years. It also predicted the U.S. will become a net importer of beef by 2013.
History is repeating itself on the topic of public lands management. Echoing three attempts in the past 12 years, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is facing legal challenges for attempting to update its forest planning rules. Unlike the past, however, ranching groups, rather than environmentalists, are taking it to task over the newest planning rule.