It was definitely a rootin’ tootin’ Texas-sized National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  annual meeting in San Antonio. The mood seemed good, the trade show was phenomenal – including this Watusi steer who was broke to ride. Not sure I’ll trade my Paint horses in for this steer, but he was an entertaining fellow.

Here were some other highlights of the NCBA meeting (More highlights).

  • My sister publication Drovers reports that cattle supplies in 2010 should decline another 1 to 1.5%, according to Randy Blach, Chief Executive Officer for Cattle-Fax. At the same time, beef demand will continue to be impacted by a weak economy and high unemployment. Nevertheless, 2010 overall “should be a better year for the beef industry,” said Blach, with beef exports expected to rise and fed cattle slaughter totals expected to decrease.
  • In the area of cattle health, NCBA will pursue priorities and strategies regarding both the modification of the National Brucellosis Eradication Program and the eradication of brucellosis from the Greater Yellowstone Area. New policy also directs NCBA to work to maintain producers’ ability to keep their cattle healthy through the use of approved antibiotics.
  • As a continuation of Beef Checkoff efforts to examine the totality of the evidence on the subject of red meat and cancer, the “Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption and Cancer: A Technical Summary of the Epidemiologic Evidence” was released to members of the Human Nutrition Research Committee. The Technical Summary will be available for purchase for $30.00 through the NCBA Customer Service department (303) 368-3138.
  • Addressing beef safety issues at Cattlemen's College, Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD, West Texas A&M University, said researchers are extending the multi-hurdle approach for controlling E. coli. A systems approach, using pre-harvest interventions such as vaccines, sodium chlorate and other products in the feedlot or as cattle arrive at packing plants he says, will not eliminate the pathogen but could reduce it to low enough levels to improve the success of later interventions during processing.