Broad coalition meets to study potential enhancements to Beef Checkoff
A broad coalition of beef industry leaders met in Kansas City May 22-23 to address opportunities to enhance the Beef Checkoff, and what potential changes to its operating procedures might strengthen the checkoff in the future.
The 17-member Industry-Wide Beef Checkoff Task Force established their mission; “to review, study and recommend enhancements to the Beef Act and Order for the purpose of strengthening the Checkoff for the common good of the beef industry.” In its first meeting members identified key issues facing the checkoff and analyzed both strengths and weaknesses of the current checkoff system.
A unanimous opinion of the Task Force at the May 22-23 meeting was that the current checkoff has succeeded in helping build beef demand and assisted in moving product. New product development efforts and work to change consumer perception of beef’s healthful properties was recognized by the group. In addition, the significant contributions and program coordination of state beef councils was acknowledged.
Cattle Vaccines and Their Use
Dr. Stuart D. Lincoln, Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center
What vaccinations should cattle have at various times of the year? This is difficult to answer because management practices, disease prevalence, and nutritional levels vary from region to region or even from ranch to ranch in the same area. Recommendations in this fact sheet are meant to serve as guidelines. You should consult your veterinarian and Cooperative Extension agent to tailor a program to your operation.
Commonly used vaccines and injections are listed here. Sometimes you may need to use all of them. At other times you may need very few. The vaccines and injections are listed starting at calving time and continuing through fall.
University Studies Way Of Fueling Cars With Cattle Waste
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP)–As gas prices continue to rise, more attention is being paid to alternative energy projects, like one at Western Washington University that would power cars with natural gas harvested from cow manure.
Students at the state university’s Vehicle Research Institute have developed a scrubber that removes the corrosive chemicals from the gases released by manure so it can power a natural gas car, The Bellingham Herald reported.
Eric Leonhardt, director of the institute, said the fuel that he calls “biomethane” is less flammable than gasoline and produces fewer greenhouse gases than manure left to decompose naturally in fields, according to the newspaper.
He estimates the natural gas would cost about half the current price of gasoline to produce, but emphasizes that is not the real benefit of cow power.
R-CALF pleased with BSE regulations changes
The Prairie Star
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:36 PM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. – R-CALF USA was pleased to learn that member countries of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last week voted unanimously to revise the three definitions of risk categories for countries affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE): negligible, controlled, and undetermined.
Number of foot-and-mouth disease affected localities rises in Vietnam
The number of Vietnamese localities stricken by foot-and-mouth disease has increased to 40, after the disease outbreaks have been detected in southern Binh Duong province, according to a local animal health agency on Tuesday.
Last week, local veterinary agencies detected 34 infected bulls in 8 farms in the province’s Thu Dau Mot town and 5 ill pigs in one farm in its Phu Giao district, said the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Western Cow-Calf Resource Manual Now Available
Beef / Mycattle,com
The recently updated “Cow-Calf Management Guide and Cattle Producer’s Library” is now available from the University of Idaho (UI).
Published as a three-ring binder filled with various decision-aiding worksheets and more than 230 research-based fact sheets on all aspects of beef-cattle production, the manual addresses such major topics as reproduction, nutrition, management, finance, genetics, drought, quality assurance, health and pasture. Material is peer-reviewed and revised annually by the Western Beef Resource Committee, a team of state Extension beef specialists and educators from 12 western states.
Congress votes to fund animal ID
Wilson County News (TN)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul sponsored an amendment to the 2007 agriculture appropriations bill May 23 that would prohibit any federal funding for implementing the National Animal Identification System.
The vote went against his amendment 34-389.
The Texas Farm Bureau opposed Paul’s amendment and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar voted against it as well.
Paul’s argument against animal ID is that it threatens to put thousands of small farmers and ranchers out of business.
USAIO reports solid progress on animal-movement database
The United States Animal Identification Organization (USAIO) has cleared several technical and procedural hurdles in developing a national animal movement database for use by the nation’s livestock producers. The USAIO database is a producer-controlled, multi-species solution for livestock producers participating in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Producers retain ownership of their data at all times, with state and federal animal health officials having access to the information only when necessary for animal health surveillance.
USAIO recently submitted two key documents to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): an Application for Cooperative Agreement, and an Application for System Evaluation. Through these applications, USAIO continues the dialogue with APHIS that began with its submission of a Memorandum of Agreement earlier this year.
“USAIO’s interaction with APHIS has been extremely positive and constructive to date,” said Charles Miller, a Kentucky cattlemen and chairman of the USAIO Board of Directors. “USDA remains committed to a producer-led solution, while USAIO brings something very important to the animal ID discussion – a simple way for government to access the data it needs while producers continue to own and protect their business information.”
Where’s the beef (from)?
ZACHARY FRANZ Bismarck Tribune / Meat & Poultry
For most of the food Americans eat, it’s a long trip from field to fork – an average of 1,500 miles, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Burleigh County ranchers Alvin and Juanita Braun are out to bring that average down.
The couple is opening a store in Bismarck that will sell only beef born, raised and processed in North Dakota. The store, ND Branded Beef, is set to open June 8 at 3120 E. Broadway.
Swift completes sale of business to XL Foods
by MEAT&POULTRY Staff
GREELEY, COLO. — Swift & Co. officials announced this past Friday the completed sale of its non-fed cattle business to XL Foods, Inc., based in Alberta, Canada.
Having gone public with plans for the transaction this past April, XL officials completed its due diligence on the deal, which includes acquiring Swift’s Omaha plant and its assets in Nampa, Idaho. XL will operate the company as XL Four Star Beef, Inc.
XL Foods is a division of Nilsson Bros. Group, a cattle feeding and marketing company, and is one of Canada’s largest beef processing companies, processing 450,000 head per year at its operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
31 Senators Call for End to Japan and Korean Beef Embargoes
American Meat Institute
Thirty-one United States Senators sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Japan and the Ambassador of Korea urging them to resume trade in U.S. beef. The letter urged Japan to resume trade prior to the Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit in June. The senators signed a similar letter requesting the Republic of Korea to reopen their market prior to negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.
The letter to the Prime Minister outlines that ”despite overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the safety of American beef and an agreement between the United States and the Government of Japan, the embargo on beef from the United States still exists.”
Australian Cattle Traceback System Upgraded; Big Growth
CANBERRA (Dow Jones)–An Australian cattle traceback system, which the industry regards as a key component in holding and building shares in premium beef exports markets, has been upgraded amid a sharp increase in usage. The National Livestock Identification System, or NLIS, is a key component in a system that allows beef to be traced back to individual animals.
More than 143,000 farms and 38 million electronic devices are registered on the database of the NLIS, with usage quadrupling since July 1, 2005, when the system became mandatory, according to a statement issued late Monday by system manager Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd. The NLIS database records an average of 41,000 cattle movements a day and has recorded up to 96,000 cattle movements in a single day.