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The following article is an opinion piece written by Jacob Mayer on the Cattle Call blog.
A Look into my not so Crystal Ball
By Jacob Mayer
“However, one technology that all too often gets overlooked is beef cattle’s only free lunch – crossbreeding and heterosis. It could be the savior for breed associations as maintaining genetic diversity is critical to the long term success of beef…”
A while back I read a short article by Troy Marshall titled “Where’s the Seedstock Sector Headed?” The piece really got me thinking. Mr. Marshall complimented breed associations for their past successes, looked at the current challenges, and speculated on their role in the future. He also commented that he was opposed to the road the pork industry has taken, which has “rendered [swine breed associations] largely irrelevant.” Long before I had even finished reading, I said to myself, “Isn’t that exactly the direction we are headed?” Why you ask, well here is why:
Trend #1: Small Number, Large Size: Doing more with less
Trend #2: Eating Inside: Individual animal welfare Trend #3: Dressed in Black: Too much emphasis on hybrids?
Click here to continue reading the full article and find out more on these three trends. Feel free to comment and leave your opinions for discussion.
“This drought is unprecedented- This drought sets into motion a whole new set of circumstances.”
– Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver
Among those new circumstances is the thought that when producers do restock after it rains, they may initially come back with stockers instead of cows, to give them more agility in their pasture-management options. “We’re going to chase stocker animals and that’s going to change the stocker price dynamic.”
And, some ranches will come back with females. “It’s a heck of an opportunity to build genetic quality, and it’s a heck of an opportunity to have fall- and spring-calving herds as part of your operation.”
“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.
-10 good reasons to expose more heifers over the next few years-
This week, beef packer JBS and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding hosted a group of large ranchers, scientists, seedstock operators and others to discuss ways to encourage heifer retention and herd expansion in the U.S. beef industry. Market signals favor expansion, but it is not happening because of drought, input prices, and other market trends.
In the short term, declining cattle supplies benefit producers with higher prices, but long-term, participants are concerned about losing market share and infrastructure.
“…there is huge opportunity for cow-calf profitability in coming years, and expansion is in the best interest to small and large producers.”