BEEF bits

Oct 29, 2010
by WLJ

BEEF bits

2010 NC Beef Summit

On Nov. 4, the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) and the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars will be holding their annual Beef Summit at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln’s East Campus. The morning program speakers will include Colin Woodall, vice president of Governmental Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), to speak on the recent election results and what this means for cattle producers going forward. Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, will be speaking on declining cow numbers and the current economic conditions of the market. The afternoon program will consist of Dr. Mandy Carr Johnson, executive director of research at NCBA, to speak on new pre-harvest interventions. Dr. Mohammad Koohmaraie, chief executive officer of the Meat Division at IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, will speak on post-harvest interventions the industry may be adopting in the future. Registration for the Beef Summit is still open, and interested parties should contact the NC office by calling 402/475-2333.

Workshop helps tap into demand

Consumers increasingly are interested in finding locally produced products and, in some cases, grass-finished beef. As a result, some beef producers might be considering a return to a pre-mid-century model of finishing their own cattle and marketing it locally, rather than shipping their stock to Midwest-based feedlots. Funded through a grant from the USDA Risk Management Education Program, two workshops have already been conducted in central and eastern Kentucky. A third two-day workshop will be in western Kentucky at the Muhlenberg County Extension office Jan. 5-6. This workshop will be geared toward farmers with experience in cattle and grazing who are interested in exploring the locally-produced beef alternative.

To register for the workshop sessions, contact Sarah Lovett at 859/257-7272, ext. 281 or sarah.lovett@uky. edu or the local county Extension office. Cost per session is $10. Lunch is included.

Bio/history of CAB in new book

It started as a reaction to a bad steak, and grew into a brand recognizable from Detroit to Dubai, Seattle to San Juan, Tokyo to Toronto, and most places in between. The story is one that has been told many times, but now can be read by a wide audience with the publication of an exclusive history book, “The Brand That Changed Beef: How the Certified Angus Beef ® Brand Became a Worldwide Icon of Quality.” The book, launched in October, details the brand’s ascent, from its roots as an answer to a tough steak on rancher Harold Etling’s plate, through expansion into international markets, its presence at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and its present-day partnerships. The book is authored by Fred Minnick. “The Brand That Changed Beef” makes a great gift or conversation piece. It retails for $39.95 and can be purchased at, with no shipping cost if paid by credit card.

Wanted: Quality beef producers

Quality beef begins with quality care. The Iowa Beef Industry Council wants to recognize beef producers who diligently care for and properly handle cattle in order to provide consumers with safe and wholesome beef. Applications for the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award are now being accepted. The Iowa BQA award recognizes one outstanding beef producer who best demonstrates BQA practices, including sound animal husbandry practices. Nominees should be BQA-certified and work to continually improve BQA on their operations while operating sustainable cattle businesses. The desire to encourage fellow producers to implement BQA and communicate what the industry is doing to ensure quality cattle care is a plus. The award is open to all segments of the industry—commercial cow/calf, seedstock, backgrounders, feedlots, dairy operations, auction market operators and veterinarians. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2010. For further information on the award or to download the application, please visit and click on the Beef Quality Assurance tab.

USDA funds food safety program

A $2 million grant from USDA will allow a Kansas State University (K-State) epidemiologist to work on a new project aimed at improving food safety by managing antibiotic resistance in beef and dairy cattle systems in the U.S. and Canada. “Our overall goal is to identify, evaluate and implement practical interventions for managing antibiotic resistance in beef and dairy cattle systems,” H. Morgan Scott, a professor in K-State’s department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, said. “We focus on the longstanding problem of resistance emergence, dissemination and persistence among enteric bacteria.” Scott will collaborate on the project with researchers from the University of Guelph, Angelo State University, Texas Tech Univeristy, Texas A&M University, Cornell University, Colorado State University, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Scientifically proven interventions for managing antibiotic resistance will be shared with industry leaders and other interested parties. Industry decision makers also will learn of ineffective interventions.