Daily Archives: December 29, 2005

Controlling BVD In Your Operation

From BEEF Stocker Trends

Jan. 30-31, Adams Mark Hotel, Denver — immediately precedes the 2006 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Denver.

“BVD Control: The Future is Now” is a two-day symposium with the first day designed for researchers, and the second for producers.

  • The Jan. 30, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., session is focused toward research scientists, veterinarians and lab diagnosticians with an interest in the control and eradication of BVD virus (BVDV). Addressed will be diagnosis and surveillance, control strategies and programs, BVDV vaccines, BVDV’s economic impact, and development and funding of control programs.
  • On Jan. 31, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., a production-level session focuses on what producers and vet practitioners must know to prevent BVD and handle existing herd infections. Scientists, ranchers, cattle feeders and vets will address what what’s needed to design effective control plans, control-plan components, disease costs and the tools needed for control.

Go to www.nadc.ars.usda.gov/BVDV2006/ for more info or to register.

USDA Hands Essential ID Component To Private Industry

From Beef Quality Stratagies

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) gained some clarity in recent weeks with USDA emphasizing it would focus use of its limited resources on premises registration and individual animal ID.


Most Producers Want Mandatory ID

From Beef Quality Strategies

It’s certainly not unanimous but a growing number of livestock producers, including cattlemen, want the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) to be mandatory. At least that’s according to a couple of recent industry polls.


Mid-South Stocker Conference

Feb. 16-17, Clarksville, TN — sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky.

The conference begins Feb. 16 with a tour of successful stocker operations, while an indoor educational program follows the next day. Economical feeding, electronic ID, branded beef and the future of the beef industry are some of the topics to be covered. In addition, a trade show exhibiting the latest technology will be a part of the conference.

Registration is $95 before Feb. 9 and $145 after that date. Visit www.midsouthstockerconference.org/ for more info. Or, contact Jim Neel, 865-974-7294 or jneel@utk.edu; John Bartee, 931-648-5725 or jbartee1@utk.edu; or John T. Johns, 859-257-2853 or jtjohns@uky.edu.

Industry Plan Aims For 10% Demand Increase

From BEEF Stocker Trends

If cattle producers embrace the key points of an industry long-range plan unveiled by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) last week, the business could take another giant step toward profit potential.

Key targets in the plan include:

  • Increase beef demand 10% by 2010.
  • Reverse the long-term decline in beef’s share of U.S. protein and increase the share to 32% by 2010.
  • Increase U.S. beef exports 400% from 2005, to 2.5 billion lbs., by 2010.

Call it ambitious if you want, but plenty of folks thought reversing the 20-year demand slide for beef (until about 1999) was nuts, too. In its last long-range plan (2000), NCBA set the goal of increasing consumer demand for beef by 6% by 2004. That was accomplished in spades.

What NCBA unveiled was a draft plan. They’re seeking input from all cattlemen through December. The organization will then prepare a final plan to present to members for consideration at the annual NCBA meeting, Feb. 1-4 in Denver.

To see the plan in detail, and to provide comments, go to longrangeplan.beef.org

Both beef and pork production rose in Nov.

Both beef and pork production rose in November

by Pete Hisey on 12/29/2005 for Meatingplace.com

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that beef production rose 7 percent in November compared to a year ago, to 2.07 billion pounds, while pork production rose 2 percent, to 1.84 billion pounds. Cattle slaughter rose 5 percent, to 2.67 million head, with cattle being fed to higher weights, up 16 pounds per animal from a year ago to 1,284 pounds. Hog slaughter was also up 2 percent, to 9.13 million head, averaging 272 pounds per animal, up two pounds from 2004.Veal production fell 10 percent from a year ago, to 12.4 million pounds, while slaughter fell 17 percent to 56,300 head. The average weight of each calf rose 29 pounds, to 365 pounds.Lamb and mutton production declined 4 percent from last year to 15.8 million pounds.

Hong Kong resumes beef trade with U.S.

Dec. 29 – Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns applauds action reopening another major market for U.S. beef products. “The agreement announced today will allow the United States to export boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months of age to Hong Kong under the Beef Export Verification Program.”

In 2003, the United States exported $90 million worth of beef and beef products to Hong Kong. It was the fifth largest market for U.S. beef products.

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