Uden: “Beef Should Stay at The Center of the Plate”

Craig Uden is a Nebraska cattleman, running several operations as well as being the President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He noted the nutrition of beef and the fact that it should stay at the center of the USDA nutrition guidelines plate.

“We’ve got a great team in D. C. and a great team in Denver. We’re constantly working on the nutritional value, quality and the safety, but we have to continue to work back and forth from the nutritional side, but also the policy side so that we can keep it the center of the plate,” Uden said.beefplate

Uden noted that the beef industry has a very nutritious, very safe, and the highest quality product out there as far as meat proteins. “The US industry right now is grading between 75 and 80 percent choice, which is a record. The producers are really doing their part in providing a high quality product,” said Uden.

“It’s making a difference because we have not lost demand with the domestic consumers. In fact, we’ve actually increased demand. Even when the price of beef got high, people still consumed all the beef. Now that the price had gotten cheaper, we’re actually seeing the consumption per capita in the US is growing fairly rapidly right now. So that’s a positive,” he said.

But Uden said we always need to count on trade to increase demand as well as prices. “Because there’s a lot of protein out there. We’ve got cheap grain prices, so we’ve got an increase of pork and poultry, as well, as the beef herd growing. So we’re going to have a lot of protein to move,” Uden said. “The only way to raise that price is to get that product over to countries that want to buy that product because 96 percent of the world’s population still live outside of our borders and consequently there’s a growing demand internationally.”
By Patrick Cavanaugh, American Cattle News

Meet Cheryl Foster, President CA CattleWomen’s Association

By Patrick Cavanaugh, American Cattle News

Cheryl Foster is the President of the California CattleWomen’s Association and sixth generation rancher. Her operation ranch house is in Siskiyou County, about seven miles from the Oregon border.

Foster noted that it’s a cow-calf operation, which is on deeded ground, as well as forest service leased ground.

cheryl-foster-ccw-pres“It all started back in 1871, with a livery stable in Yreka, and then when that burned down my family went out and bought the ranch land. My grandfather, John Foster is the one who really expanded the ranch,” Foster said.

Foster noted that the cattle breed on the ranch is predominantly Hereford and Red Angus cross. “That cross helps a lot with the fertility and longevity of the cow,” she said. “It’s Northern California and pretty tough country, with hillsides and lots of rocks. You put cattle where you can’t have row crops, so it’s rough!”

While her husband is a CPA, she runs the operation with her brother.

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Texas Cattle Raisers Applaud Pruitt Confirmation

AUSTIN —Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president Richard Thorpe issued the following statement in response to the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the netscralogo_300x300xt administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The EPA has long been an agency in need of cultural and regulatory reform to ensure it protects all Americans, in all professions and in all regions of the country. I applaud theSenate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the EPA. His record and experience as Oklahoma’s Attorney General gives me great confidence that he is the right person to lead the EPA to a new era of common sense regulation.

“TSCRA represents more than 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production. Ranchers rely on the land for their livelihoods and are among the very best stewards of our natural resources. We look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt to continue our long tradition of caring for our lands.”

NCBA President Craig Uden On Value of Recent Convention

By Patrick Cavanaugh, American Cattle News

Craig Uden is the incoming president of the Denver-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as well as being a cattleman in the central Nebraska area. He noted that the recent National Cattleman’s Beef Association convention creates opportunities for his own operation and others.

“My partners and I always came so we could learn what the issues where, what the challenges were,” he said

Craig Uden, NCBA President

Craig Uden, NCBA President

“We need to all understand the industry as a whole as I’m a gate-to-plate thinker, so there’s a lot of people that are involved in their industry in whatever production segment, processing segment, and also the retail segment,” said Uden.

“We’ve put it all together, and people get to see that bit picture of what the industry looks like from gate-to-plate, and that’s really valuable for them to take home and see how they fit into the operations and see how they can plug in and improve their situation at home and get through these challenging times,” Uden said.

And the gate-to-plate idea makes sense because beef starts at the fence gate all the way to the consumer’s plate.

“You have the seed-stock producers, you have the genetics, all the way to the cow/ calf, the stocker operators that runs these cattle in the summer, and then the feeding sector and up through the packer, the wholesales, retailer, and as we move forward, the consumer,” said Uden. “The consumer is who we’re trying to satisfy.”

Uden shared with American Cattle News aspects of his operation in Nebraska. “I’ve got three cow calf operations. One is in partnership with a long-time friend, and then my wife and I run a couple other cow herds, so I’m a gate-to-plate thinker. I also own feed lots,” he said.

“I have moved out of the day-to-day. I’ve got a good team at home that help me out a lot and really appreciate what they do, so that allows me to go out and be an advocate for the beef industry and consequently, that’s been real rewarding.

Tester Outlines Montana Ag Priorities

Big Sandy farmer, Montana and U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

Tester, the SeMy Approved Portraitsnate’s only working farmer, planted the seed of Montana’s agricultural interests in the USDA, raising the issues facing Montana’s farmers and ranchers directly with Perdue. Tester invited the nominee to visit his farm-or any farm or ranch in Montana-to better understand the concerns facing family farms and ranches.

“As a farmer, I know the important role the USDA plays in our agriculture industry,” Tester said. “Montana producers grow and raise the best products in the world and we need an Ag Secretary who will fight for family farmers and ranchers. I had a productive meeting with Governor Perdue and will continue to stand up for Montana’s farmers and ranchers throughout his confirmation process.”

Tester voiced the concerns of Montana farmers and ranchers who contacted his office and attended his recent Farm Bill Listening Sessions, especially on trade issues.

“With low commodity prices, I know Montana’s farmer and ranchers are nervous about the direction of our nation’s trade agenda,” Tester added. “Today I relayed the concerns of our producers to Governor Perdue and expressed the importance of lowering trade barriers and expanding our markets for folks in production agriculture.”

Tester has posted a portal on his website for Montanans to provide feedback on each of President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. He encourages Montanans to continue to provide important insight and tough questions for all nominees.

Cattlemen Challenge Listing of Gray Wolves

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California Farm Bureau Federation filed a lawsuit (1/31/17) challenging the California Fish and Game Commission’s June 2014 decision to list the gray wolf as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act, a decision which formally took effect on January 1, 2017.

The organizations are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nationwide leader in litigation aimed at ensuring limited government, private property rights and sensible environmental protections.

The suit alleges that endangered listing of the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act was improper for three reasons. First, the subspecies of gray wolves present in California originate from Canada and are not native to the state, as the law requires.graywolf

Secondly, the Commission focused too narrowly on wolves in California, ignoring their robust and healthy population throughout their range in the western United States. Lastly, the Commission impermissibly listed the species based on what was, at the time, only occasional presence in the state by a single wolf.

“The Fish and Game Commission took a big bite out of its own credibility with this unjustified listing,” said Damien Schiff, PLF Principal Attorney. “The agency managed to label the gray wolf as ‘endangered’ only by myopically and illegally ignoring its population outside California.”

Endangered status for gray wolves could have a significant impact upon ranchers whose livestock fall prey to the apex predators and to the local rural economies that are dependent upon agriculture. CCA president and Butte County cattleman Dave Daley said the lawsuit is necessary for ranchers to ensure the humane treatment of their livestock.

“Under California law, you can’t even pursue a species that is listed as endangered,” Daley said. “If a rancher sees a wolf attacking one of his or her calves, he or she can’t chase the wolf away without breaking the law.

Ranchers are not seeking open season on wolves, we just want sensible wolf management that also allows us to protect our livestock. That will require delisting the gray wolf.” The case is California Cattlemen’s Association, et. al. v. California Fish and Game Commission, filed today in the Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego. For more information visit http://www.pacificlegal.org