Daily Archives: November 28, 2006

NMA President Welcomes Barry Carpenter To Top Position

NMA President Welcomes Barry Carpenter To Top Position


Oakland, CA – National Meat Association President Jim Maxey announced that Barry Carpenter has accepted the invitation of the Executive Committee to become NMA’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director effective February 1, 2007.

Carpenter is retiring from his current position as Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in early January and will be precluded from handling USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service issues for at least twelve months.

NMA will maintain its headquarters office in Oakland, California, where most of its staff members are located. Carpenter, however, will work out of his home-office in Virginia, and out of an office at our legal counsel’s offices when in Washington.


Livestock producers graze wheat acres

Livestock producers graze wheat acres

The Associated Press

Topeka Capital-Journal

WICHITA — Kansas producers have put livestock on emerging winter wheat fields to graze before winter sets in, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday.

In its weekly crop report, the agency said nine percent of the state’s wheat has been pastured.


Mad Cow Risk Low for Hemophilia Patients

Mad Cow Risk Low for Hemophilia Patients

Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON // Patients with hemophilia and other blood-clotting disorders face an uncertain though probably very low risk of contracting the human form of mad cow disease from medicines made using donated plasma, health officials said Monday.

There are no known cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as the human form of the disease is known, in patients who have received human plasma derivatives, the Food and Drug Administration said. But there have been three cases, all in the United Kingdom, of people developing the disease after they had received red blood cells from infected donors.


North Dakota rancher group wants to beef up livestock laws

North Dakota rancher group wants to beef up livestock laws


Associated Press Writer

Bismarck Tribune

With steers mysteriously disappearing and one blatantly shot and butchered on the side of a road, members of the Horse Creek Cooperative Grazing Association in southwestern North Dakota think it’s time to beef up livestock laws.

“We just can’t afford this every year,” said Betty Steen, who lives with her husband, Bryant, across the Montana border near Baker. The couple said four of their steers disappeared in North Dakota’s Slope County in July, costing them nearly $3,000.

Cattle theft often results in felony charges, but theft is only one problem, said Darryl Howard, chief brand inspector for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.


U.S. officials revive plan to resume trade in older Canadian cattle

U.S. officials revive plan to resume trade in older Canadian cattle


WASHINGTON (CP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department is resurrecting its plan to allow older Canadian cattle and beef products across the border.

A new risk assessment on older animals, which are thought to be more likely to contract mad cow disease, was sent late last week to the White House for consideration but wasn’t publicly announced. The review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget is one step toward eventually resuming trade.

The effort was halted in July when Canada discovered a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a four-year-old cow, born long after a ban on using cattle remains in feed went into effect in 1997 to guard against the spread of the disease.


Placements drop in October

Placements drop in October

Cattle on feed numbers remain record high.

Marketing rate a disappointment.

Western Livestock Journal

The Nov. 1 cattle on feed report from USDA again showed record high numbers of cattle in U.S. feedlots. According to USDA calculations, there were 11.95 million head of cattle on feed at the first of the month, up 4 percent from last year. That figure is the highest recorded since USDA began the data set in 1996. The number of cattle on feed was mostly inline with analysts’ pre-report estimates.

“Cattle on feed increased 2 percent less than normal from October 1 to November 1,” said Andy Gottschalk at HedgersEdge.com. “This pattern will prove to be beneficial to the market midway through the second quarter of next year. A continuing trend toward lower placements this month will only reinforce that potential benefit.”

However, the placement number at 2.43 million head was the second lowest October number since the data series began in 1996 and was well below analysts’ guesses. The October 2006 placement level was 13 percent below last year and 10 percent lower than 2004. After the report was released, analysts predicted that the lower number of placements would support the market next year.


Good Grass: The Health Benefits

Good Grass: The Health Benefits

State Journal Register (ME)

Here is the health argument for grass-fed beef, according to a number of research studies:

* Saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids

Grass is a low-starch, high-protein fibrous food, in contrast to carbohydrate-rich, low-fiber corn and soybeans. Meat from animals 100 percent fed on grass is not only lower in saturated fats, but also slightly higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which studies indicate may help prevent heart disease and bolster the immune system.