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USDA Announces Initial Purchase of Vaccine for National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop the spread of disease. …

Red Meat Exports Trend Lower in May

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia

U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in large part to temporary interruptions in slaughter and processing. Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels, while pork exports remained higher than a year ago, but were the lowest since October 2019. Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has the details. “As protective measures related to …

ACA Launches Bama Beef Sales Directory

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) has officially launched a new tool for consumers and producers to use when it comes to buying and selling local beef across the state. Kayla Greer, ACA director of social media and communications, says it is called the Bama Beef Sales Directory. To learn more, contact the ACA office in Montgomery at 334-265-1867.

Florida Launches New Beef Campaign

Clint Thompson Beef, Cattle, Florida

The Florida Beef Council (FBC), through the national Beef Checkoff program, has launched a brand new beef promotion. FBC Director of Education & Promotion, DeAnne Maples, says it is called United We Steak. For more information about this Beef Checkoff promotion, contact the FBC office in Kissimmee at 407-846-4557.

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NCBA Leads Fight to Provide Additional Pandemic Relief for Cattle Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill thanking them for their efforts in supporting our Nation’s cattle producers through the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It also urged them to continue their work by improving the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan …

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Strategies for Reducing Forage Shortages

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Livestock market complications that reduce calf sales can cause unexpected forage demands. Droughts can compound the problem leading to forage deficiencies, while forage shortages can cause poor animal performance, overgrazed and degraded pastures, and increased expenses. In an article written by Darren Scott, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), they want you to know that NRCS can help with …

Georgia Preparing to Launch New Beef Campaign

Clint Thompson Beef, Beef, Georgia

The Georgia Beef Board (GBB), through the national Beef Checkoff program, is preparing to launch a brand new beef promotion. GBB Executive Vice President Dale Sandlin says it is called, United We Steak. For more information about this Beef Checkoff promotion, contact the GBB office in Macon.

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Florida Beef Council Presenting Virtual Report

Clint Thompson Beef, Florida

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) did have to cancel its annual convention this year due to COVID-19. But they will be conducting the necessary business meetings virtually Wednesday afternoon. Florida Beef Council (FBC) Director of Education & Promotion, DeAnne Maples, says this will include a FBC report. For more information about this meeting or the Beef Checkoff program, contact the …

Slight Drop in Cattle on Feed Numbers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its June Cattle on Feed Report. It shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on June 1, 2020. That is slightly below June 1, 2019 and …