January 28, 2015

Study Confirms COOL Doesn’t Affect Volume of U.S Cattle Exports

A new study released Thursday by Auburn University professor Dr. Robert Taylor shows Country-of-Origin Labeling did not cause the declines in livestock exports to the United States – which coincided with a substantial global economic downturn that sapped demand for more expensive meat products. Taylor’s study says COOL has not had a significant negative effect on the price paid for imported slaughter cattle relative to comparable domestic cattle. In fact – the fed cattle price basis declined after the law went into effect. Also – the study says qualitative and econometric analysis of Mandatory Price Reporting and monthly trade and price data cast considerable doubt on assertions that COOL negatively affected imports of slaughter cattle. Finally – the study says USDA monthly data on imports of 400 to 700-pound cattle did not show COOL having a significant negative effect of imports of feeder cattle from either Canada or Mexico relative to placements in U.S. feedlots.

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association President Danni Beer says opponents have continued to state that COOL acts as a barrier to trade and adversely affects cattle imports and prices – but this study proves that is not true. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says COOL is popular with consumers because they want to know where their food comes from. Johnson says it’s popular with farmers and ranchers because they are proud to put the American label on their products. He says Congress needs to stay the course on COOL.

The following link is to a PowerPoint presentation of the study’s findings: http://www.nfu.org/images/TaylorCOOLDCPresentation1202015.pdf]


Beef Industry Council to Participate at Black Hills Stock

CheeseburgerThe 2015 Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) is just around the corner, and it’s a chance for cattlemen to attend rodeos, check out the cattle sales, visit with old friends, and learn more about the Beef Checkoff Program.

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) will have a booth at this year’s BHSS from Jan. 30-Feb. 7.

“We welcome all attendees to the BHSS to stop by our booth located in the SE Concourse next to Rushmore Hall,” said Ron Frederick, SDBIC executive director. “Find out what’s new in beef promotion and pick up some beef recipe ideas at the booth.”

The SDBIC is also sponsoring Beef Day on Saturday, Jan. 31 in conjunction with the PRCA Sutton Rodeo events held at 1:30 p.m. MST.

“In addition, the SDBIC is teaming up with KOTA Radio to present the KOTA Beef Chili Cook-off, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MST,” said Frederick. “The SDBIC will be awarding $650 in beef certificates to the top place qualifiers, best display, and people’s choice awards. The SDBIC is also sponsoring the BHSS Youth Beef Cook-off Contest and co-sponsoring the KBHB Ag Social Invitation event on Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Over 300,000 people attend the BHSS, which is the region’s premier livestock event with livestock consignors and buyers coming from over 20 states. For more information or an event schedule go to www.blackhillsstockshow.com.

For more information about the beef checkoff, check out www.sdbeef.org.


Ag Secretary Announces New Appointments to Cattlemens Beef Board

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the 25 appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. The board oversees the collection of one-dollar per head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and one-dollar per head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. The board is comprised of 100-members. The new appointees will serve three-year terms.

The new appointees are Leo C. Sutterfield of Mountain View, Arkansas; Kent J. Bamford of Haxtun, Colorado; Sarah K. Childs of Lake Placid, Florida; Jared D. Brackett of Rogerson, Idaho; Perry L. Owens of Minneapolis, Kansas; Stacy M. McClintock of Soldier, Kansas; Jonathan R. Miller of Bloomfield, Kentucky; Leon Kreisler of Salem, Missouri; Lyle V. Peterson of Custer, Montana; Ross R. Racine of Billings, Montana; Sherry A. Vinton of Whitman, Nebraska; James J. Eschliman of Ericson, Nebraska; Patrick L. Becker, of Selfridge, North Dakota; Barbara A. Jacques of Shidler, Oklahoma; Terry L. Wyatt of Hollister, Oklahoma; Richard C. McElhaney of Hookstown, Pennsylvania; Gerald R. Sharp of Bath, South Dakota; Robert H. Von Der Lieth Jr. of Copperopolis, California; Paul H. Looney of Fredericksburg, Texas; Jackie W. Means of Van Horn, Texas; Lavinia G. Sartwelle of Sealy, Texas; Richard A. Winter of Canyon, Texas; William H. McDonald of Blacksburg, Virginia; Joakim A. Holzner of Windsor, Colorado; and David M. Pietsch of McLean, Virginia.