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Cattlemen head to RC over country of origin labeling, animal ID, and check-off

Hundreds of ranchers from as many as 20 states will descend on Rapid City, SD, next week for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund annual convention. R-CALF, as it’s called, has made a lot of promises on the meeting agenda. Learn how we will reinstate mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Learn how we will stop the USDA’s second… Continue Reading

Beef beef: NCBA chief’s remarks spur R-CALF to seek debate

The chief executive of the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association thinks a competing group is in bed with radical activists who want to “undermine the beef industry.” Kendal Frazier, who is chief executive officer of the Denver-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, took a shot or two at the Billings-based group known as R-CALF,… Continue Reading

Montana unit of federal Beef Checkoff ordered to stand down

One of the state units of the federal Cattleman’s Beef Production and Research Board (Beef Board)  will be effectively sidelined if a federal magistrate judge’s order is allowed to take effect. In a series of preliminary rulings that went almost entirely against federal Beef Board, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston granted a motion by the… Continue Reading

Federal magistrate takes Beef Checkoff under advisement

Federal Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston heard arguments for 55 minutes Tuesday from attorneys representing the activist legal fund R-CALF USA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the Beef Checkoff program. Judge Johnston of the U.S. District Court in Montana then took his range of options under advisement. R-CALF wants him to grant a temporary restraining order… Continue Reading

Beef Checkoff goes on the griddle Tuesday in Montana

The Beef Checkoff is up Tuesday for a federal court hearing where anything could happen from dismissal of the challenging lawsuit to a temporary restraining order for the plaintiff’s. The Beef Checkoff refers to money for marketing and research, including food safety research, to promote the cattle industry. The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 gives… Continue Reading

More fighting over ‘the dollar’ threatens Beef Checkoff research

Fighting over “the dollar” has intensified during the past 30 days, raising questions about the future of a longtime source of food safety research funding. “The dollar” is the Beef Checkoff, the $1 added on to the transaction each time there is a bovine sale, from ranch to feedlot, or feedlot to slaughterhouse, etc. It may not… Continue Reading

South Texas Feedlots Hold Lessons About Resistant Salmonella

Antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella that can compromise the safety of fresh beef is the target of research being funded by the Beef Checkoff and the Texas Beef Council. An update on the work, by the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science, was recently presented in Dallas at the 2015 Beef Industry Safety Summit. The A&M AgriLife Research… Continue Reading

Beef Research Money Tied to Record Low Cattle Population

America's cattle numbers are lower than ever, but safety research hangs on

Beef lovers, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down. In 2013, the population of cattle in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the 1950s. It might not look like it from the line at the fast-food drive-through, but America’s herd size has actually been in decline since its peak in 1975, when… Continue Reading