Changing landscape of beef industry

Ranchers and beef producers listened to the report and changed how they were doing business. Back in 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), injection site lesions were a major concern for the beef industry. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Unified cattle identification remains an elusive goal

Cattle values are vulnerable to issues that surface within the consuming public even though discussions on animal identification have been soft for some time. As cattle producers, occasional reminders are needed to prod us into not forgetting the industry’s susceptibility or vulnerability to unforeseen biosecurity issues. FULL STORY »

Wyoming cattle rustling hits a high

With beef prices up and smaller herds, Wyoming is experiencing an increase in cattle theft. Executive director of the Wyoming Beef Council, Ann Wittman said, “Nationally, we have the smallest cow herd in 60 years.” FULL STORY »

Beef Quality Assurance: Does it really matter at branding?

Branding season is an important time of the year, not only for cattle health and well-being, but as a time for networking and fellowship with neighbors. With that networking comes a great responsibility to continue to work to provide a safe and wholesome product for the consumer. FULL STORY »

Optibrand launches livestock retinal images, data collection

Optibrand has announced the launch of ClearView ID, which is its next generation retinal imaging system for capturing livestock retinal images, other animal identification, and production data. FULL STORY »

Animal disease traceability: knowing an animal’s path

On August 9, 2011, USDA issued a proposed rule to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. FULL STORY »

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen to review traceability proposal

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen will take a look at the proposed animal disease traceability program during a live call-in show on Tues., Dec. 13, 2011. FULL STORY »

Comment deadline extended for animal traceability rule

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the comment period for the proposed rule on animal disease traceability. Input received on or before December 9 will be considered. FULL STORY »

Deadline for public comments on new animal ID rule extended

The USDA announced that it was extending the deadline for public comments on its proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability, following a request by forty-nine organizations for a deadline extension. The public comment period deadline is extended to December 9, 2011. FULL STORY »

Livestock ID/traceability economic assessment report

A study assessing the impact of traceability and animal identification programs on the international market for red meat has been released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

Second go at animal disease traceability hits bumps

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is experiencing a hailstorm of opposition to its new animal disease traceability system as the proposal reaches the halfway point in the comment period that ends November 9. FULL STORY »

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