Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working and Center for Food Safety. That’s the gang of activists who believe you operate a “crowded, filthy factory farm.”
They’re also responsible for funding Chain Reaction II, the second annual scorecard that grades America’s restaurant chains on their policies regarding the use of antibiotics in their meat and poultry supply chains. The Chain Gang is not, however, concerned about the welfare of animals susceptible to disease, or whether your business is successful. Not surprisingly, Panera Bread and Chipotle earned top scores from the Chain Gang, two companies that have built a loyal following by scaring people about their food.
According to the Chain Gang’s website, America needs “major policy shifts” regarding animal agriculture that will encourage “well-managed, humane production systems.”
Cow vs Chopper
Helicopters are used by many Australian cattle stations to gather cattle. As any cowboy will tell you, when cattle, people and machines get together there’s bound to be a jackpot now and then. Over the weekend at a cattle station in Coen, on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, the aftermath of a cow-helicopter encounter was posted on social media by an Australian student pilot. The photo appears to show the barbecue included helicopter well-done. The Brisbane Times reports the cow and the 35-year-old pilot escaped the jackpot unharmed.
Profit Tracker: Rally Reduces Losses $112
Last week’s $4-plus rally in cash fed cattle prices cut average feedyard losses in half, leaving the red ink totaling $90 on every animal shipped. Cash prices traded at $109.62, better than last week, yet $8 per cwt. lower than a month ago. Beef packer margins decreased $4 per head to $143, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore.
HSUS and NCBA Square Off
In an ongoing lawsuit filed on October 2014 by the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) against USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has recently announced its involvement to intervene after being made aware attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed on behalf of the plaintiff.