BEEF bits

Sep 4, 2009
by WLJ


BEEF bits


WTO to examine Canadian complaint

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to look into Canada’s complaint that South Korea’s six-year-ban on Canadian beef is in violation of world trade rules, Canadian officials said last week. WTO will set up a dispute settlement panel, at Canada’s request, to decide whether South Korea’s ban violates its obligations under the WTO. It is expected to report within nine months. Since Canada was shut out of the market after a BSE-positive cow was identified in the national herd, producers and officials have been trying to persuade what was once its fourth-largest beef market that its product is safe, holding bilateral talks, WTO consultations, and providing scientific evidence. Canada first requested a dispute settlement panel in July 2009 after other methods of resolving the dispute failed.

2009 Nebraska Beef Backer chosen

Over the past couple of months, Nebraska restaurants have been competing for the title of the “Best Beef Restaurant in the State.” The Nebraska Beef Council has recently named Uncle Ed’s Steakhouse as the 2009 Nebraska Beef Backer Award winner. This year’s first runner-up was Front Street Steakhouse in Ogallala and the overall Beef Backer winner was Uncle Ed’s Steakhouse in Grand Island. Uncle Ed’s will now be moving on to represent the state of Nebraska in the 2009 National Beef Backer Award contest. Foodservice accounts for approximately half of the beef sold in this country and commercial restaurants make up 61 percent for that sector. The Nebraska Beef Backer Award recognizes restaurants that promote beef and the beef industry through innovative menus, promotions, and the delicious beef entrees that draw consumers back time after time.

Braunvieh top Beef Empire Days trial

Braunvieh breeders Mike Long of Rocking L Cattle Co. and Mike Long, Nick Long and Matt Traster of LLT Cattle Co. from Ulysses, KS, continued their success in the Beef Empire Steer Trial (BEST) contest held in conjunction with Beef Empire Days in Garden City, KS. They have won this contest with Braunvieh-influenced cattle for the past four years. Their cattle placed first, second and third in the overall results. Additionally, Rocking L-bred cattle won grand champion and reserve grand champion in the combined gain and carcass division. The BEST steers are evaluated for feed yard performance and carcass value. Entries are taken to a designated feed yard, fed for a 30-day warm-up period then placed on feed for 137 days. Rocking L and LLT entries were born between mid-May and mid-June and backgrounded from Nov. 1 to Feb. 21 on ground cornstalks and 40 percent wet distillers grain. The cattle were harvested in early July, making the winning animals 13 to 14 months of age.

CFB hosts political candidate workshop

The Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) will be hosting a Candidate School on Oct. 20-21, 2009, at the CFB Center in Centennial, CO. The purpose of the school is to help Farm Bureau leaders, as well as current and other potential candidates who are interested in running for public office, to execute a successful political campaign. The school is open to anyone interested in seeking public office, regardless of whether they are a first-time candidate or veteran office holder. The registration deadline is Oct 1. Please contact Landon Gates at 303/749-7516 or with questions.

Scholarship offers $9,000 to students

A decade after retiring as executive director of the world’s premiere branded beef company, Louis M. “Mick” Colvin’s dedication to leadership in the beef industry is unwavering. College juniors and seniors who share Colvin’s passion for the beef industry are encouraged to apply for the $9,000 in scholarships sponsored by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Colvin Scholarship fund. Student applications will be evaluated based on activities, scholastic achievement, communication skills and reference letters. The application deadline is Nov. 16. For more information and an application, students should visit www.certifiedangus or contact Trudi Hoyle at 800/225-2333, ext. 211.

U.S. beef shipped under new quota

Containers of U.S. beef began entering the European Union (EU) on Aug. 14 under the duty-free, high-quality beef quota that was negotiated earlier this year. The quota is part of a compromise agreement intended to address the long-running dispute over the EU’s ban of beef from cattle raised with growth promotants. The final hurdle for U.S. beef shipments entering the EU under the new quota was cleared when the EU corrected the erroneous address it had published for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in the Official Journal of the European Union.