FSIS responds to USCA petition on truthful labeling
The Fence Post
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service officially responded to the United States Cattlemen’s Association petition regarding accurate labeling of beef products. The petition requested FSIS to amend the Agency’s Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book to provide that any beef labeled as “Made in the USA,” “Product of the USA,” “USA Beef,” or in any other manner that suggests that the origin is the United States be derived from cattle that have been born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S.
Sale Barns, Auctioneers Bend to COVID-19
Bob Birdsell sold his 2019 calves last week. The farmer and cattle producer from Stanberry, Missouri, said a wet spring last year delayed his planting. This then slowed his harvest last fall, which pushed back his calf weaning. These delays forced him to sell his calves in March instead of February. The delays also forced him to sell in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new world of social distancing, which also affects how sale barns and auctioneers operate. With livestock auctions deemed essential business because they’re part of the food supply, these businesses are staying open.
The Face of Experience
Gazing intently across rows of faces — men and women who had battled the fury of nature’s wrath — I was humbled by the resolve and superhuman toughness looking back at me. Spanning multiple generations and representing a multitude of stories, it occurred to me they had chosen a more difficult path.
Innovation Allows Supplementing Cows with Rumensin
Cow-calf producers know that a dam’s body condition during late gestation and through early lactation has long-term and economically significant impacts on cow and calf performance. Research has shown that cows with body condition scores (BCS) of 5 or 6 at calving will re-breed more efficiently than those with lower or exceptionally higher BCS.
Bull sale season in the midst of a pandemic
Bull sale season is in full force across the country, and while beef producers are no stranger to disruptions due to weather or animal health – dealing with human health is a little more foreign. Bill Pelton, a livestock marketing consultant in Montana and surrounding states, said most producers in his circles are moving ahead with sale plans but with some slight adjustments due to COVID-19.
Virtual Summit speakers to cover keeping science in the animal welfare conversation
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Animal welfare is top-of-mind for everyone involved in food production from farm to fork, from farmers and ranchers to restaurant, retail and foodservice brands and every stop in between. The latest topics in animal welfare and how to effectively communicate about this topic will be covered at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Stakeholders Summit, themed “Primed & Prepared.” The Summit is set for May 7-8, 2020, and registered attendees will also receive exclusive access to a series of preconference webinars.
NCBA Requests President Trump Expand USDA Market Investigation, Examine Futures Markets
Today, NCBA President Marty Smith sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting the government to act quickly to investigate the striking disparity between boxed beef prices and cattle prices in the futures and cash markets during the current COVID-19 crisis and following the packing plant fire in Holcomb, Kan., last August.
New anaplasmosis treatment
The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has granted Bayer Animal Health a conditional approval for Baytril 100-CA1 (enrofloxacin) Injectable Solution for the treatment of clinical anaplasmosis in cattle. The product will be available to veterinarians and cattle producers in May 2020.
Thune urges USDA to strengthen the integrity of the cattle market
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to take further action to strengthen the integrity of the cattle market by requesting that USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division investigate the cattle market volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thune also requested that USDA conclude its investigation into beef pricing margins following the August 2019 Tyson beef processing plant fire in Holcomb, Kansas.
Bull health important going into breeding season
Any coach of a winning athlete will say that success in competition is the result of the athlete’s nutrition and fitness preparation. Beef cattle experts at Kansas State University say that same mentality applies to preparing bulls for the breeding season.