It has not been a good few months for beef’s public relations efforts. Outcry over lean fine textured beef (LFTB) and concern over bovine spongiform encephalopathy—sensationally called “pink slime” and “mad cow disease” respectively—have had unfortunate effects on domestic beef demand.
The discovery of the fourth case of bovine BSE in the U.S. April 24 has had muted reactions at home. In other areas, however, there has been greater reaction. Indonesia has halted imports of U.S. beef and South Korea and Taiwan have upped inspections of U.S.
According to the HSUS press release, the new advisory group was created “[t]o advance more humane practices on farms and ranches and to promote food producers who share that goal. …” The announcement of CAC’s creation came during a meeting of the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare caucus chaired by Rep.
China Modern Dairy, China’s largest dairy company in terms of head count and milk production, aims at milking 300,000 head by 2015. China Modern Dairy is just one of the companies in the rapidly growing Chinese dairy industry.
California, Nebraska and Washington saw the largest year-to-year increases in the cattle on feed population. Compared with April 1, 2011, California was up 9 percent, with 490,000 cattle on feed. Nebraska saw a 6 percent increase from last year’s numbers with 2.
In an amusing change of pace, a government can be credited with reducing bureaucracy. Ranchers in Virginia can now sell their cattle directly to operators in eastern Canada without going through middlemen states, all thanks to the Virginia state government and interested Canadian cattle feeders.
Bundy and BLM have been at odds since 1993 when Bundy stopped paying fees for his grazing allotment, part of the Bunkerville allotment within the Gold Butte area. Since then, BLM has made numerous attempts to get the trespass cattle off the territory. These efforts have come in the form of court orders, injunctions,.
Though the story ended relatively well for Rapp— admittedly not for the deer—the issue of “corn-fed elk” is nothing to take lightly. Wildlife who help themselves to whatever’s in their reach can cause serious damage to agricultural interests as well as traffic.
Tuesday, April 17 brought USDA’s most recent crop progress report. A minor electrical fire at the USDA offices caused the report’s release to be delayed a day. Despite the reporting setback, plantings are moving ahead early with farmers taking advantage of the good weather in many growing areas.
The ways to preemptively build this architecture—or invest in your reputation, if you prefer the financial analogy—are as varied as the specific crises which can happen. Richard and others at AASV’s crisis management seminar spoke at length on specific responses, but several general recommendations emerged.