Intercollegiate Meat Judging Winners

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced winners of the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest, held November 16, 2014, at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Dakota City, NE. In total, 108 contestants representing 16 teams participated in the contest. Top Individuals, Senior Division: 1. Emery Kunze, Texas A&M University 2. Jessie Heidlage, Oklahoma State University 3. Audrey Zoeller, Oklahoma State University …

Ag Group, award, Education, Meat

Celebrating Exciting Times in American Sheep

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Trade Talk brought me to the American Sheep Industry Association booth during last week’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. Executive director for American Sheep, Peter Orwick, recapped the wool and lamb markets and shared some exciting news about the organization. “Very strong prices in 2014. Feeder lambs selling over $2 a pound. The attitude among the …

Ag Group, Audio, Lamb, Livestock, Meat, NAFB, Sheep, Wool

Protein Export Numbers

Jamie Johansen

Leann Saunders, Chairman U.S. Meat Export Federation, was on hand during National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk to update us all on current and future export numbers for beef, pork and lamb. “It has been a great year for exports when you look at statistics January through December. We’ve seen unprecedented growth, 5 billion in pork exports, 5 billion …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, International, Lamb, Meat, NAFB, Pork

CHB Volume Surpasses 50 million lb. Sold

Jamie Johansen

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC experienced a record year of growth during fiscal year 2014 with 50.2 million lb. of product sold— a 2% increase compared to the previous year’s total. Since 2008, CHB LLC has increased beef sales by 43%. “Once thought of as a start-up branded beef program, the 19-year-old CHB® brand has weathered many storms including the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Breeds, Food, Hereford, Meat

Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

Jamie Johansen

In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets. According to its latest report “Beefing up in Brazil: Feedlots to Drive Industry Growth,” the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group expects …

Agribusiness, Beef, Food, International, Markets, Meat

American Royal Grapes & Steaks Results Announced

Jamie Johansen

Excellent food and wine was celebrated when the American Royal Association announced the winners of the 2014 Grapes & Steaks Competition October 8th in the Wagstaff Theater located in the American Royal Complex. Last year’s competition was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Grapes and Steaks is the culmination and celebration of two separate competitions to name some of the …

Ag Group, Beef, Food, Meat

IPPE Launches '30 Under 30' Program

Jamie Johansen

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the third annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program, which targets young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to invest in, and engage, young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies actively …

Ag Group, Education, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Meat Industry Hall of Fame Introduces Class of 2014

Jamie Johansen

During a moving and occasionally humorous event held at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC on September 13, “One of the most distinguished Classes to be inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame joined the ranks of our five previous Classes,” said Chuck Jolley, President of the Hall of Fame. After a brief acknowledgment by Master of Ceremonies, …

Ag Group, award, Meat

Top Pork Countries Want Tariffs Eliminated In TPP

Jamie Johansen

In an open letter to negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, organizations representing hog farmers in Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States called for a “comprehensive, high-quality” agreement that eliminates tariffs on nearly all products, including pork. The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New …

Ag Group, Export, Government, International, Meat, NPPC, Pork

Pork Economic Situation and Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

The record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to livestock economist Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. “It just looks very good … we’re looking at a great crop,” said Meyer at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week. “Based on history, the two years …

Audio, Beef, Boehringer Ingelheim, economics, Feed, Meat, Pork, Price