One More Reason to ID Your Cattle

“The bottom line of animal ID is that the technology is here. The consumer demand is here. The cost, compared to other cattle production inputs, is nearly negligible.”

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has jumped into the animal identification fray with a study suggesting that foreign demand for traceability is probably enough to pay the costs of a mandatory national ID program.

Here’s why it can be important. Traceability connotes trustworthiness. USMEF points out that we currently face one or more “trust” based restrictions on trade from most of our major trading partners, including China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Mexico.

The European Union, Japan and Korea have already adopted mandatory traceability for their domestic cattle, and there is no reason to presume they won’t apply the same standards to exporters. Of the eight major beef-exporting countries in the world, that would impact only the U.S. and India. The other six have programs up and running.

Continue reading the full story to find out why electronic tag and tracing systems are beneficial.

AgWired: NCBA Sets Policy Priorities for Convention

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has set it’s 2011 policy priorities in preparation for the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention being held Feb. 2-5 in Denver.

According to NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall, they identified five major priorities for the organization that will be discussed in great detail during the annual meeting – trade, transportation, environment, competition, and healthy herd – cattle and consumers.

Read More at Russia ups beef allocation in 2011 quotas

Russia’s initial distribution of 2011 tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) quantities to importers, which includes an increase US frozen beef quota allocation from 21,700 to 41,700 MT while making the equivalent reduction to “other countries,” was announced by Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development (MED). The poultry TRQ, however, was reduced to 350,000 MT and narrowed in product scope, and will not have country-specific allocations in 2011.

Brownfield Ag News: China, U.S. beef talks to resume

China has agreed to resume talks with the U.S. on beef market access. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says technical talks will resume as soon as possible with the goal of re-opening China’s market to U.S. beef in early 2011.

The Beef Site: CME: Beef Exports Up, Pork Exports Down In October

October export data indicate continued growth for beef and beef product shipments and continued year-on-year monthly declines for pork shipments but higher export values across the board, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

Delta Farm Press: Ag exports: How long the bright spot in trade picture?

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama listed as one of his administration’s goals the doubling of U.S. exports over five years and a National Export Initiative was created to support the effort.

Livestock Marketing Information Center: In The Cattle Markets

Is Europe the next big growth market for US beef? Exports into the European Union are up 70% this year over last year. But while that sounds impressive, keep in mind that total exports into the European Union only account for about 3% of our total exports. Read More at