Jolley: Five minutes with Dr. Craig Roberts and ergot
The problem most cattlemen in the Midwest battled for the past few years was a lack of good pasture. The drought meant little grass and expensive hay. This spring, the drought broke with a vengeance. Near record spring rains encouraged good growth but muddy conditions discouraged cutting. FULL STORY »
Jolley: R-CALF’s Bill Bullard and the COOL question
Just a few short days ago, I received an email message from the American Meat Institute. The subject was COOL and the content of that press conference was predictable. The AMI was going to be against it and most of the North American meat industry trade associations were going to join them in a lawsuit. FULL STORY »
Jolley: MCOOL goes acourtin’
A challenge to the Mandatory COOL rule issued by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on May 23 has been filed by six U.S. plaintiffs. R-CALF, a long-time strong proponent of country of origin labeling, thought the suit was without merit. FULL STORY »
Jolley: 5 minutes with Craig Uden and the price of corn
Craig Uden, a fourth generation cattleman from Elwood, NE, is an old hand in the cattle business. He is a partner in Darr Feedlot, Inc., a commercial cattle feeding operation, and he and his wife, Terri, own and manage three commercial cow-calf operations. He buys a lot of corn, too. FULL STORY »
Five minutes with Cevin Jones and “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner"
If you’re a cattle rancher of a certain age, you remember them; great ads with Robert Mitchum’s deep voice booming “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” while Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo Hoedown” played in the background. FULL STORY »
Jolley: What is to become of beef?
My mother-in-law hated lamb. She grew up during the depression when national consumption was much higher than today’s paltry .8 pounds per capita. She saw it as a cheap protein resource when she was a tot and was appalled at the price it commanded when she grew older. FULL STORY »
A visit with CBB member Chris Hutton, President of Sampco
Chris Hutton came to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by the longest route. He was born and raised in Argentina and University-educated in Australia before finding himself in Chicago as President of Sampco, Inc., a JBS Company that imports a hefty menu of beef products. FULL STORY »
Jolley: Do Memorial Day sales signal a permanent downturn?
The stats are in and Memorial Day weekend beef sales were disappointing, not exactly the great kickoff to the summer grilling season we wanted. FULL STORY »
A conversation with Dr. Jim Marsden about the safety of beef
Are you old enough to remember these TV commercials in the 80’s? “When E.F. Hutton Talks, People Listen.” In every industry there are certain heavyweights who fit into that same commercial description. No matter what the chatter might be, their words will be heard above the racket. FULL STORY »
Meat industry associations quick to attack the new MCOOL rule
Jeremy Russell, NAMA directory of communications and government relations, said, “This Final Rule is not significantly different from the Proposed Rule. It will exacerbate costs, particularly for independent packers that need to commingle animals to run their plants near capacity. FULL STORY »
Jolley: A talk with Texas CBB member Dave Edmiston
Dave Edmiston called me while I was sitting next to a cattle trailer in the middle of Iowa. I was wondering why the tractor pulling it was festooned with a cartoon image of a flaming pig, but then I was in the middle of Iowa. FULL STORY »