U.S. RED MEAT OUPUT INCHES UP
UNITED STATES: USDA reports 2005 red meat production at 45.8 billion pounds.
Red meat production in the United States totaled 45.8 billion pounds in 2005 – slightly higher than the previous year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 45.7 billion pounds. On-farm production totaled 135 million pounds.
Beef production totaled 24.8 billion pounds, slightly higher than the previous year. Veal production totaled 165 million pounds, down six percent from 2004, setting a new record low. Pork production, at 20.7 billion pounds, was slightly higher than the previous year, setting a new record high. Lamb and mutton production set a new record low, totaling 191 million pounds, four percent below the previous record low set a year ago.
Japan Plays 20 Beef Questions
By Richard Hanson,
DTN Special Correspondent
South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association
TOKYO (DTN) — On Monday evening, two senior Japanese government officials made the short drive to the U.S. Embassy to officially hand over a list of 20 questions to USDA’s senior officials in Tokyo.
The key question: Why were veal backbones, which are required to be removed from imports to Japan to prevent mad cow disease, found in beef exports to Japan at Narita International Airport?
For Japan, the Jan. 20 incident produced a frenzied response from the public and the government, which was later criticized for failing to carry out tests on U.S meat packers.
FAPRI report projects expanding bio-energy and value-added markets
By Drovers news source
(Wednesday, March 08, 2006)
Despite continued high energy prices, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute expects world economic growth to remain strong in the coming decade, at around 3 percent per annum, boosting consumption of vegetable oil, dairy products, and meat in many parts of the world. This projection is part of FAPRI’s 2006 agricultural outlook presented to Congress on March 2. The outlook runs from crop years 2005/06 to 2015/16. According to FAPRI, solid commodity prices and a persistently weak U.S. dollar in industrialized trading countries keep U.S. exports strong for the next 10 years.
THERE ARE MAJOR FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DECIDING TO RETAIN OWNERSHIP
by: Stephen B. Blezinger
In today’s beef industry where grid pricing is rapidly becoming the norm and the value of cattle is directly related to carcass characteristics, many breeders are finding an important and valuable niche. Every breed is scrambling to determine how their cattle perform in finishing situations since this is where the lion’s share of cattle are marketed annually. Subsequently, how cattle perform in the feedyard and at the packing house is now having a direct effect on the value and pricing of feeder cattle as well as on commercial breeding females. Similarly, this affects the value of bulls as sires for the calf crop.
Beef cattle feeding and nutrition
staff chair for Baxter County at UA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.
When it comes to beef cattle nutrition, vitamin nutrition isn’t usually a big concern for a mature cow. This time of year, however, is when deficiencies can become most noticeable, especially in cattle that have been consuming hay for a long time. The main vitamin of concern is vitamin A.
Vitamin A is usually not needed in the diets of cattle consuming green, growing forages because adequate levels of carotene are available that is converted to vitamin A in the animal. In a normal winter, vitamin A deficiency may not occur because it’s stored in the liver. A 2- to 4-month supply is available under normal conditions.
Government didn’t recall meat or notify public in salmonella outbreak
LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press
Akron Beacon Journal
WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department stands by its decision not to alert the public about suspect ground beef after a 2004 salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 31 people nationwide.
A report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was made public Wednesday by food safety advocates said the meat was traced to a single meat processing plant.
Agriculture Department spokesman Steven Cohen said that officials did a full investigation and were prepared to act on any problems at the plant. “We didn’t find problems,” Cohen said.
EU to lift 10-year ban on UK beef
Published: Thursday, 9 March, 2006, 10:54 AM Doha Time
BRUSSELS: The European Union agreed yesterday to lift a decade-old ban on British beef triggered by the mid-1990s mad cow crisis, in a move immediately hailed by the government in London and cattle farmers.
The decision – which comes as Europe grapples with a new consumer health scare over the bird flu threat – was approved yesterday by experts from the bloc’s 25 member states and is set to be implemented in about six weeks’ time.