USDA reopens comment period for COOL law
Western Livestock Journal
USDA announced June 15 that it is re-opening the comment period on the proposed Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations governing beef, lamb and pork. The USDA’s proposed rule, published in the Federal Register June 20, outlines the requirements for the origin labeling of a variety of seafood and agricultural products, including beef, lamb and pork.
The law, long promoted by several producer groups and opposed by packers, would require packers and retail outlets to label covered products with specific consumer information including the country of origin. For products born and or raised in separate countries, that information would also be required.
One day prior to the announcement by USDA that the comment period would re-open for the proposed rule, the American Meat Institute (AMI) sent letters to its packer members encouraging them to prepare for the record-keeping that will be required under the new regulations.
“Although we adamantly oppose mandatory country of origin labeling, it is the law and it is our job as the meat industry’s trade association to help companies prepare for full implementation,” AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp said.
Swift buyer to replace CEO Rovit
But the Brazilian company purchasing the meat-industry giant is planning to keep Swift’s corporate headquarters in Greeley.
By Tom McGhee
A member of the family that founded the Brazilian company acquiring Swift & Co. will replace chief executive Sam Rovit once the sale is complete.
Wesley Mendonça Batista will relocate to northern Colorado to take the job. He is executive director of operations for Brazil’s JBS SA, Latin America’s largest beef processor, and vice president of its board of directors. J&F Participações SA – owner of 77 percent of JBS SA – will acquire Greeley-based Swift in a $1.4 billion deal expected to close in mid-July.
Swift’s corporate headquarters will remain in Greeley, said Swift spokesman Sean McHugh. “At this time, there is no reason to believe that will change after the transition,” he said.
Cattle Marketing Symposium – Buying & Selling Value-Added Calves, Jim Norwood, Meyer Natural Angus
“What advice would you give sellers and buyers of value-added calves and how do you market value-added calves?”
The first criterion is the definition of “value-added” calves. It needs to be the same in mind of the seller and the buyer. Age and Source, Natural and Vac-45 are universal terms that need little defining. Through the years, we have worked with several ranches that purchase expensive bulls and maybe even used AI. Every one of them felt they had added value to their calves, but they were focused on maternal traits and that didn’t always translate into value-added steer calves. Those producers can market value-added replacement quality heifers, but they need more information on the feeding and harvest results if they hope to capture extra value on the steers.
Broseco Ranch Named Top Commercial Producer
FORT COLLINS, COLO. (June 7, 2007)— The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Broseco Ranch with its Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 7 during the organization’s 39th annual meeting in Fort Collins, Colo. Broseco Ranch is owned by Broventure Co. Inc., and managed by Tom Woodward. The Red Angus Association of America nominated Broseco Ranch for this prestigious award.
At 300 feet (ft.) of elevation, Broseco Ranch is sandwiched between the Sulphur River and White Oak Creek in northeast Texas. In 1961, Paul Pewitt sold his 45,000-acre spread to Broventure Co. Inc. During the past 46 years, Broventure Co. has operated a commercial cow-calf operation under the banner of Broseco Ranch. The bottomland hardwood timber and a pine farm have been sold, 11,000 acres were taken by the Corp of Engineers, and another 10,000 acres of upland have been sold, leaving 10,000 acres of upland improved pasture in the current operation.
Proving Ground for Beef
Results of the 2006-2007 Missouri Steer Feedout will be reviewed during the “finale” at 6:30 p.m., July 5 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon.
Featured on the program will be Darrell Busby, Iowa State Extension livestock specialist and David Trowbridge, Gregory Feedlot manager. They are involved in the Iowa Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) where the Missouri steer entries have been fed each year since 2001. Busby will summarize results from the recently completed Missouri Steer Feedout and discuss his research findings over the 25-plus years of feeding cattle and gathering data from herds across the United States.
Eldon Cole, MU Extension livestock specialist, will present a slide show of a sampling of the Missouri consignors’ 243 steers that were involved in the feedout program. This will give everyone a chance to see what the cattle looked like near the end of the finishing phase and how they performed.
Hay Shortage concerns continue
By ASHLEY BERGTHOLD
COOKEVILLE — The late freeze in April coupled with a dry spring and little carryover from last year’s supplies means hay quantities in the Upper Cumberland are limited for area livestock producers.
Last week’s Tennessee crop weather report issued by the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistic Service stated that “this prolonged dry spell has negatively impacted crop and livestock conditions.” The same report also stated that 98 percent of the first cutting of hay in the state of Tennessee was complete, ahead of the normal schedule. Even though hay cutting is ahead of schedule, many livestock producers have been reiterating their concerns about current and future hay shortages.
Ethanol Byproducts Pelletized
One hundred percent of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a byproduct of ethanol production, can be pelletized without adding a binding agent or anything else, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators.
ARS agricultural engineeer Kurt Rosentrater has turned DDGS from corn-based ethanol production into high-quality pellets using processing equipment at a commercial feed mill. And the heating used in pelletizing did not harm the high-protein, low-starch nutrient content. Rosentrater is at the ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, Brookings, S.D. He does this research with colleagues at ARS and at nearby South Dakota State University.
Cattle feed is currently the primary outlet for distiller’s grain. But other livestock such as swine and poultry can also eat it. To date, there are no commercial DDGS pellets available for livestock, which limits the byproduct’s use in rangeland settings. DDGS is the protein, fat, fiber, unconverted starch and ash left over after ethanol production.