The process verification program is one tool American beef producers are considering as a way to introduce voluntary labelling.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Labelling debate returns to U.S.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The complicated and divisive conundrum of beef labelling in the United States has raised its head once again. If a product sold at retail is labelled Product of the USA, beef producers want assurances that claim is true. “Origin labels were considered generic labels by FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service) and […] Read more

The entire U.S. beef chain can expect a profitable 2020, said Cattlefax analysts at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association convention held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7. | File photo

Profitability predicted for U.S. beef sector this year

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The traditional cattle cycle of boom and bust phases may be gone, but volatility is the continuing reality for the beef business. However, the entire U.S. beef chain can expect a profitable 2020, said Cattlefax analysts at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7. “When […] Read more

The U.S. cow herd expansion is slowing, but a healthy economy and growing exports keep demand strong. | File photo

U.S. cow herd stable

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. cow herd expansion is slowing, but a healthy economy and growing exports keep demand strong. There is a record amount of beef, pork and poultry that relies on exports to chew through. The American population is growing at a rate of less than one percent and even though per […] Read more


Mineral deficiencies are partially caused by high levels of sulfates in western Canadian water and soil, which inhibit cattle’s ability to absorb copper.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Supplements no guarantee against deficiencies

Five-year cow-calf study in Western Canada found that about 75 percent of cows were copper deficient or marginal

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Adult cattle on good vaccination and mineral programs may still suffer from deficiencies that affect their health. Studies in Canada and the United States show copper is often the most deficient trace mineral. A five-year, western Canadian cow-calf study showed about 75 percent of cows tested were copper deficient or marginal. “It […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump has served notice he wants the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiated. He sees Mexico as the primary target from which to gain what he describes as a better deal.
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Trump could hurt ag sector: NCBA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Agriculture could suffer harmful repercussions if long-standing free trade agreements are dismantled, said a trade expert with the U.S.-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. U.S. President Donald Trump has served notice he wants the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiated. He sees Mexico as the primary target from which to gain what he […] Read more


American beef producers are concerned that Australia is taking market share in Asian and African markets.  |  File photo

U.S. beef sector will pay for ‘lame duck Congress’

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — American beef producers’ biggest obstacles to gaining global market power could be the mighty Australian beef exporting machine and the failure of the U.S. Congress to ratify a major trade deal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership must receive congressional assent, but that could stall in an election year. The politicians who remain after […] Read more