Beef + Lamb New Zealand Unveils Multi-Million Dollar U.S. Campaign – Drovers Magazine

A campaign has been launched in California by farmers from New Zealand to promote grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand, an agriculture group supporting beef and sheep raisers in New Zealand, announced on March 20 it is kicking off its U.S. advertising campaign in California. The producer-led initiative will feature online advertisements, internet video commercials, social media, public relations and a website with recipe information. Beef + Lamb New Zealand plans to spend several millions of dollars on the campaign. 

The campaign will feature grass-fed meat under New Zealand’s Taste Pure Nature labeling. The program includes a partnership with New Zealand retail brands:

  • Atkins Ranch, the largest North American supplier of lamb.
  • First Light, grass-fed Wagyu beef brand that was recently crowned the gold winner at the World Steak Challenge in London.
  • The Lamb Company, 100% grass-fed and finished lamb that is Non-GMO Project Verified.

“We are delighted to partner with leading brands and companies from New Zealand to increase consumer excitement and drive discovery for the incredible quality and taste of our grass-fed beef and lamb products,” says Andrew Morrison, Chairman, Beef + Lamb New Zealand. “New Zealand sheep and cattle are raised in a farming paradise with rolling green hills surrounded by an expansive ocean and fresh, clean air, and we believe this results in the best grass-fed meat.”

New Zealand is a significant importer of beef and veal to the U.S. sending 572,313,000 lb. of beef and veal to the U.S during 2018, according to data from USDA. During that time New Zealand ranked third in beef and veal imports to the U.S. behind Australia and Canada, respectively.

For lamb and mutton, New Zealand ranks second for import totals to the U.S. sending nearly 53 million lb. during 2018. Australia has nearly triple that number in lamb and mutton imports with 149 million lb. last year.

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Trump Starts Twitter Beef With Ann Coulter – Rolling Stone

It appears as though the divorce is final. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and blasted former ally and extreme right-winger Ann Coulter.

Trump reverted back to a tried and true diss method of his that has come to signal there is no going back–the dreaded demeaning nickname. For Coulter he used: “Wacky Nut Job,” tweeting, “Wacky Nut Job Ann Coulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border. Major sections of Wall are being built…”

The president continued in another tweet:

….and renovated, with MUCH MORE to follow shortly. Tens of thousands of illegals are being apprehended (captured) at the Border and NOT allowed into our Country. With another President, millions would be pouring in. I am stopping an invasion as the Wall gets built. #MAGA”

The political relationship hit the rocks in January when Coulter did not agree with the president reopening the government without getting funding for the border wall. At the time, Coulter blasted Trump on any outlet that would have her, including during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher. She also took to Twitter calling the president a “wimp” writing, “Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”

We likely should have known it was over because not long after Coulter scolded the president everywhere she could, he unfollowed her on Twitter. And we all know how important that social platform is to this president.

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Weather Pulling Beef Carcass Weights Down Resulting in Less Tonnage – Drovers Magazine

Carcass weights are expected to be lighter for cattle hanging on the rail this year because of continued poor weather across many cattle feeding regions in the U.S.

USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook notes that the end of 2018 finished with a slower pace of slaughter and lighter finished weights for cattle. The trend looks to carry into 2019, resulting in lower beef tonnage.

“The 2019 production forecast was reduced on lighter expected carcass weights and a reduced pace of slaughter in the first half of the year,” the report says.

The drop in carcass weights for fed cattle has lowered the production forecast by 175 million lb. resulting in a projected total of 27.6 billion lb. in 2019.

“Typically if you look at weather market years versus normal years, in weather market years carcass weights drop about 3% more from the fall high to the spring low,” says Kevin Good, vice president of industry relations with CattleFax.

Going into a cattle equivalent, Good says that losing 3% in carcass weights from an average slaughter rate of 500,000 cattle weekly is like taking 15,000 cattle out of the market in terms of weight.

To hear more on the prospects of profitability due to lower carcass weights and beef demand trends watch the AgDay video above.

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The USDA says pink slime is ground beef – Quartz

Everybody seems to be trying to make a comeback these days, deserved or not. Even “pink slime.”

The term became a dirty word back in 2012 after ABC News ran a segment on beef slaughterhouses, coining the term and setting off a public debate about what’s going into the meat products that we eat in the US. Beef Products Inc., a company that makes pink slime, sued the television network for defamation after its sales plummeted, and two entities settled for a reported $177 million in 2017.

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Now the US Department of Agriculture this week reclassified the product, saying it can officially be called “ground beef.”

The term “pink slime” is actually a derogatory one for all the little cuttings and “trim” that appear when cattle carcasses are being sliced up into steaks. At the end of that process, a slaughterhouse essentially packs up all those trimmings and ships them off to be processed into ground beef. Ground beef has a limit to the amount of fat it can contain—no more than 30%—and to control that, processing facilities run those trimmings through a special system.

First the trimmings are heated to about 100° F (37.7° C). Then they are put through a centrifuge to separate the fat tissue from the muscle tissue. The muscle tissue is sterilized with ammonia (which is commonly used in food production and safe in small amounts) and the resulting product is called “lean finely textured beef,” or pink slime. Or… err… “ground beef.”

Whatever you want to call it, it’s making a comeback under a nicer name than pink slime. And if it can make a comeback, who can’t?

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Processor Debuts Ground Beef Sourced from One Steer at Supermarkets – Drovers Magazine

A beef processor in Texas has launched a grass-fed ground beef program that sources meat from an individual animal and is offering the product in grocery stores throughout the Southeast.

Nurture Ranch based in Frisco has established Nurture Ranch 1 Steer™ Ground Beef, which uses ground beef from one steer per pack and has traceability through code trace. This allows consumers to know where the beef came from starting at birth and ending at harvest.

The ground beef is being sold at grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Grocers where the beef can be found include Publix.

Nurture Ranch 1 Steer Ground Beef is being touted as an alternative to other forms of ground beef that typical originate from multiple cattle and the company calls it “cleaner” for this reason.

“Pioneering the 1 Steer™ and 1 Cow™ process has helped us provide the cleanest and most transparently-sourced beef available to consumers,” says Rodney Mason, founder of Nurture Ranch. “Our unmatched clean taste and transparency is bringing the true ranch-to-table concept to the grocery store.”

Beef is sourced from a fifth generation ranch in Texas. The cattle are 100% grass fed and are never in a feedlot or confinement. It is labeled as being antibiotic, hormone and GMO-free.

The ground beef is being sold for $9 per 1 lb. package.

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Kevin Gates Says There's No Beef with Boosie, But Issues Deadly Warning – TMZ

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No Beef with Boosie …

But I'll Do Life if Anyone Crosses Me

1/15/2019 12:50 AM PST

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Kevin Gates claims everything’s cool with fellow Louisiana rapper Boosie now, but he has a warning shot to anyone else thinking about doing him dirty.

The Baton Rouge MC sat down with Raquel Harper for a new episode of BET’s “Raq Rants,” and he insists rumors of a long-standing feud with Boosie are overblown. Boosie was tried and acquitted in the murder of one of Kevin’s rap affiliates.

Kevin now claims he doesn’t have problems with anyone, but also told Raq … he wouldn’t hesitate to “do a life sentence” if anyone tests him. 

You gotta see how he says it. It’s pretty intense, especially because his toddler son was sitting right next to him at the time.

For what it’s worth, Boosie did seem to confirm they’d squashed all hate last year by recruiting Kevin to play his music festival.

Check out Kevin’s full interview on “Raq Rants,” Tuesday night at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or DirecTV, it’s on at 8 PM.

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Can Meat Demand Pull Additional Beef and Pork Supplies Through 2019? – Drovers Magazine

Meat cases are getting fuller, with livestock and poultry production continuing to expand. And all those extra animals mean there’s continued demand for feed supplies in 2019.

“We’re anticipating continued growth in all of the meats—beef, pork and poultry in 2019,” Derrell Peel told Chip Flory on AgriTalk Thursday. While the year-over-year pace might be a bit more modest than we saw in 2018, feed demand is likely to tick up as a result in the new year.

 “Pork production is probably growing the strongest across the board,” Peel said. “Beef numbers are beginning to moderate a little bit, although the Dec. 1 Cattle on Feed inventory was the highest we’ve had since 2007. So, we’re working with significantly bigger numbers than we’ve had in the cattle industry for some time.”

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Greg Henderson, editor of Drovers.com, said it’s no surprise there will be more meat and poultry supplies in 2019. With pork growth estimated to be up 5% and beef up 3% this year, “we’re putting a lot of meat in front of consumers and demand has got to hold,” Henderson said.

“One of the estimates that I saw on economic growth here in the U.S. 1.7% GDP growth. I would I think it’s a little conservative,” added Chip Flory, host of AgriTalk and economist for Farm Journal. “And it would suggest that while we have seen excellent demand for red meat here in the country, that it might start the back off just a little bit.”

How will this affect feed demand?

Feeding decisions will hinge on profitability, Henderson says.

“Pork producers are right at breakeven right now. Beef producers are making about $100 a head for cattle coming out of the feedlots. If you look at the closeouts right now, just the grain prices are about $25 per animal more than a year ago,” he added.

Beef Profit Tracker: Feeder, Packer Margins Steady

Pork Profit Tracker: Margins Even Tighter

“The thing that has driven the price of total feeding up is that feeder cattle prices have not come down any. We will probably see those feeder cattle prices come down a little if those margins tend to continue to tighten,” Henderson says.

“So I think the grain demand is basically based on how the pork producers and the beef producers fair with their finished product.”

Related Content: Listen to the full episode of AgriTalk. 

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Australia to beef up technology for drone 'crackdown' – Phys.Org

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to roll out new drone monitoring equipment at major airports across the country next month.

Australia will introduce new surveillance technology for a “crackdown” on drones next year, aviation authorities said Monday, as concerns mount over their increasing prevalence in public areas.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to roll out new monitoring equipment at major airports across the country next month.

The technology has the ability to identify a drone, its serial number and the location of the controller while in flight, CASA communications manager Peter Gibson told AFP.

“We can identify therefore who is flying it,” he said.

The technology, coupled with new registration requirements, will “dramatically” change the way rules relating to drones are enforced, Gibson added.

“2019 will be a drone safety crackdown,” he said.

While the new equipment has been in planning for some time, the incident last week at London’s Gatwick airport—which saw nearly 140,000 passengers affected by three days of disruption after reports of drone sightings—”highlights the importance of having this capability”, Gibson said.

Officials will also roll out a drone registration scheme in mid-2019, so that authorities can better track who is flying them and advise of proper safety precautions.

The new mobile tracking technology will be used in “known drone hotspots” like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which has seen a concerning rise of drones operating in a restricted area, Gibson said.

Authorities will have greater powers to conduct safety checks, he said, and increased ability to issue fines of up to Aud$10,000 (USD$7,000) for those in breach of the rules.

“In 2019 it could be very expensive doing the wrong thing with your drone,” Gibson said.


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87 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled beef – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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  1. 87 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled beef  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
  2. Beef recall expands due to Salmonella  CBS42.com
  3. JBS Tolleson Beef Recall Expands  9&10 News
  4. Recalled ground beef sickening more people  WILX-TV
  5. 12 Million pounds of Salmonella tainted beef recalled  Abccolumbia.com
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