R-CALF: Why Aren’t Beef Prices Following Cattle Prices

A bipartisan effort is underway in Washington D.C. to manage what some have called a food crisis when it comes to the prices livestock producers receive. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said consumers are paying rapidly higher prices at the store, but cattle prices are collapsing. “Beef prices should follow cattle prices and vice versa, […]

Woodall: Terminating Beef Checkoff Will Hurt Cattlemen

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall says terminating the beef checkoff would hurt cattlemen. Back in July, two groups, R-CALF USA and the Organization of Competitive Markets, petitioned USDA to terminate the national beef checkoff program. Woodall said the referendum is not about improving the checkoff but rather killing it. “That’s something that we […]

Senators Ask Colleagues to Sign onto Meatpacking Letter

Recently, senators Mike Rounds, Republican from South Dakota, and Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the state of the U.S. meatpacking industry. They asked him to enforce or examine America’s antitrust laws to restore fairness in the marketplace for cattle producers and are asking their […]

R-Calf Wants USA Label Only For Cows Born Raised Slaughtered in U.S.

R-Calf USA recently penned a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over proposed changes to federal procurement regulations for beef. CEO, Bill Bullard, said the group told the President he could strengthen the domestic cattle supply chain by changing the current standard to requiring that only animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States be eligible […]

Bullard Reacts To High Beef Import Numbers

The USDA is out with its December cattle and beef trade data, meaning a full view of 2020 is now possible. Imports of beef are continuing to soar, with an all-time high of 4.4 billion pounds coming into the country in 2020. The data shows the average price of fed cattle in 2020 was just […]

R-CALF Organizing E-mail Blitz in Favor of COOL

Earlier this week, R-CALF urged ranchers to send emails to the White House in favor of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef. The organization issued an action alert saying, “emails needed this week to the White House and calls needed to congress for M-COOL.” Following the email, the organization asks members to call the […]

Cattle Groups Discuss need for Beef Industry Reforms

Cattle groups met in Florida last week to discuss reforms to the beef industry. The meetings included the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the Organization for Competitive Markets, and R-CALF USA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the nation’s largest cattle group, was invited but did not participate. NCBA President Marty Smith stated, “NCBA will not participate in […]

R-CALF Only National Cattle Organization Opposed to RFID Tags

R-CALF USA is the only national cattle organization opposed to a proposal to mandate radio frequency identification eartags starting January 2023. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposal would require RFID tags as Official Identification in cattle and bison. R-CALF USA requested APHIS withdraw its proposal because it “unlawfully amends substantive […]

Minnesota Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Meatpackers

A U.S. District Court in Minnesota has dismissed an anti-trust lawsuit against meatpackers like Tyson Foods, JBS, the National Beef Packing Company, and Cargill. R-CALF led several plaintiffs in filing the lawsuit. Chief Judge John Tunheim left open the opportunity for plaintiffs to amend their complaint. Tyson Foods said, “We’re pleased with the court’s decision.” […]

R-CALF Asks Perdue to Open CRP Land to Emergency Grazing

R-CALF USA has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider opening up the 24 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to emergency grazing. The group says it would help to alleviate the backlog in the live cattle supply chain caused by COVID-19, which has reduced overall slaughter capacity. “The fed cattle […]