Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 10, 1976 · Page 29
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During Livestock Association panel discussion Wed., March 10,137G GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 29 Weld feeder urges support of new beef grading standards . B y L Y N N H E I N Z E Tribune Staff Writer Although some hurdles will have to be crossed, one Weld County feeder believes that cattlemen should get behind new beef grading standards "100 per cent and look for the long-term benefits to the industry." The statement came during a panel discussion of the new standards presented in conjunction with the annual spring meeting of the Weld County Livestock Association in Greelcy Tuesday night. Jim JMiller, owner of the Miller Keedlols near La Salle, told the group it was still difficult to. predict the exact effect on the industry, "because most of us still aren't sure exactly what Ihe changes will do within our own operations." He said the industry would have to cross some hurdles before the grade standards are fully accepted. "One hurdle we face now is that the change came at the wrong time for the industry. We got Ihe change when there was already an over-supply of finished rattle on tire market. "Thf OPW slanrtarrls nil about 10 per cent off the total feeding time required, which further aggravated the supply situation. And prices since the change have reflected these problems. It has been tough to swallow and I would estimate that millions have already been lost in the industry," Miller said. The new beef grading standards went into effect Feb.-23 and basically involved four changes from the former grading system: --Conformation, which does not affect eating satisfaction, was eliminated as a factor in the familiar quality grades (prime, choice, good, standard). --For cattle in the maturity range from nine to 30 months, an increase in marbling from the minimum level is no longer required as the cattle increase in age up to 30 months. --If beef carcasses art- graded (which is still voluntary as it was under the old standards) they must be identified for both quality grade and cutability (yield of lean meat in the carcass). Under the old standards, a carcass could be quality graded, yield graded or hnlh --The good quality grade has been made more restrictive in order to provide more consistent eating quality for those who want meat that is lender but leaner than choice. Miller listed another problem with the standards as a lack of understanding. "The proposed changes weren't understood by the cattlemen, the feeders, the packers, the retailers or the consumers. None of these groups were quite prepared for the changes. They knew they were coming, but everyone had the idea they'd go into effect tomorrow." He said feeders would have to watch weigh-in procedures more closely, because of shorter feeding times. Miller also said that standards would probably force feeders to (urn more to the "exotics" instead of the traditional English c a t t l e breeds. "I probably use thai term too loosely. I have a habil of referring to everything but Ihe ICnglisli breeds as exotics. "But since conformation was thrown out, tire exotics will grade better. They've traditionally had a problem with ffinffirniPtinn Tim nyntirs have also shown less marbling and since they have usually had less fat covering, their yield grade will he higher than the English breeds," Miller said. When asked whether the English breeder would suffer a price disadvantage because of the new standards, Miller said, "I was raised on a Hereford ranch and I have traditionally fed the English breeds. I have preferred them to the exotics. "But, and this will be hard to swallow loo, I'm afraid that some English breeders might suffer a price disadvantage under the new standards," Miller said. He said that the system had several positive aspects though. "The cattle will have to be about 50 pounds lighter under the new standards. That means an average drop in meat production of about five per cent. So the industry will have to feed about five per cent more cattle to meet demands. "That will put us about where we want to be. We don't want to gel caught with a short supply, but I think we'd like to be on the verge of running short, to maintain stable prices. "Because of the shorter feeding time, the industry will use about 12 per cent less grain. That's more than we shipped overseas last year. We'll see lighter cattle that will convert better. "And I think we will see more beef going to the consumer. Thai was one of the main purposes of the change," Miller concluded. Another panel member. Mrs. Dorothy Altergotl of Windsor, is a member of the Cowbelles and conducted a survey of consumers in the preparation of her presentation. According to her figures, most consumers buy hamburger, roast and stew meat because of lower cost and because "it stretches further." KFFKCT OF NEW STANDARDS STILL VAGUE -Panelists during the annual spring meeting of the Weld County Livestock Association seemed to agree on one thing Tuesday night: t ho of feels of new hoof grading slnndards are still vague. Panelists suggested better education, belter marketing and support of the standards lo get ihc industry stable again. USDA report indicates Wheat exports lower than expected ».i iinv I/ITWHAI 1 millinn hnshplt; nf \vliP.ll frnin I.net .hilv 1 Ihf uliciil rr- ,,,, f .^ r\,,i 1 ,..;il r»i l..» , By DON KENDALL AP Farm WiHw WASHINGTON (AP) -This season's wheat exports are going to he less than the government has been predicting, meaning more will he left over for American consumers by the time the 1976 harvest is ready this summer. The Agriculture Department said late Tuesday that foreign wheat deliveries are expected to be in the range of about 1.28 billion bushels to 1.33 billion. Although that still would be a record, Lhe new estimate is down by 25 million to 75 million bushels from USUA's forecast six weeks ago. Corn and soybean exports, however, are now expected to be larger than USDA had predicted, meaning there will be somewhat smaller reserves by the time harvests are ready next fall. One privatcgrain spokesman, asking not to he identified, questioned USDA's new wheat export estimate and said it still was much too large. "I think it'll be down 100-150 million bushels if we don't sell more wheat to the Russians soon," lie said. Russia has bought about 160 million bushels of wheat from U.S. farms and arcur.d 230 :r.i! lion bushels of corn since last July 1. Those purchases, although substantial, still represent only about 12 per cent of the wheat and 22 per cent of the corn USDA now says will be exported to all foreign countries this season. There has been talk recently that Russia is looking for more U.S. grain for delivery in the 1975-7C season but no new sales have been disclosed. Department officials say more grain could be supplied without affecting American consumers adversely. The wheat season runs from July 1 to June 30. The report said that even if wheat exports turn out to be 1.3 billion bushels ~ the mid point between the upper and lower levels in the new forecast -- it "assumes that further Soviet purchases of U.S. wheat for shipment during 1975-76, if any. will be relatively small." Thus, with reduced wheat exports now expected, the nation's bread-grain reserve by the time a new crop is ready this summer will range between 4fifi million to 491 million bushels, the report said. Last July I, Ihe whral re- vest Od. 1 will not be quite as and on July 1. 1974 was al a 20- year low of 247 million bushels. In mid-1972 before huge export sales developed, (lie wheat stockpile had risen to aboul Hfil million bushels. Whrat production so;ircd tn a record 2.1 billion bushels last year, but the poor condition of winter wheat planted last fall in much of the drought-battered Great Plains has virtually eliminated a repeat of that harvest. Officials said corn exports this season, meaning in the cnrn marketing year thai runs through Sept. 30, now are estimated al 1.5 billion to 1.6 billion bushels, another record That is an increase of 100 million bushels from USDA's ear lier export forecast. There was a record corn crop of nearly 5.8 billion bushels last year, but Ihe larger export figure now means the corn reserve going into the new har- The October 1 carryover was projected al 4G2 million lo 562 million bushels, compared with :")« million bushels last fall. USDA said domestic and foreign soybean demand picked up this winter, meaning next fall's surplus will be slightly smaller than expected. Even so, soybean stockpiles will be record large at between 230 million and 330 million bushels against 185 million last fall. In another report reviewing the past year's world grain situation, USDA estimated that global stockpiles of major grains will dip lo 97.4 million melric tons by the lime 1976-77 crops are ready for harvest. That was down from 99.4 million tons estimated last December. The new estimate for world grain reserves compares to 103.2 million tons at the start of this season. A melric ton is 2,205 pounds. Meat production up one per cent "HUGE MACHINERY" AUCTION FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1976, 11 A.M. "SHARP" (If Sale should be postponed due to adverse weather, Sale will be rescheduled on Thursday, March 25, 1976) Located 2 Mile; South and Ti Miles East of Hawlt Springs, Wyoming 6 Tractors; 11 Trucks; Combine; 2 Swathcrs; I.H.C. Cyclo Planter; Caterpillar; Scoop Mobile; Stak Hand Stacker Mover; Gehl 800 Chopper; and a full line of late model Farm Equipment. Watch for Complete Ad on March 14, 1976. FOREST (SCOTTI) PHELPSSONS, OWNERS ASMUS RYCHECKY AUCTIONEERS, INC. Ph MOB) A35-3133 P.O. Box 1305 Scottsbluff, Nebr. 69361 WASHINGTON ( A l 1 ) -- Meat production in federally inspected (tacking plants last tteek u;tb up about 1 pui mil from the previous week, but trailed ycar-ago output because of sharp cutbacks for pork, lamb and mutton, according to the Agriculture Department. For the week that ended Her survey also showed that less than 30 per cent of the consumers understood or considered q u a l i t y grading when making a purchase, and less than 15 per cent knew anything about yield grading. As a result of her survey. Mrs. Alter go tt suggested that a major effort should be made by the association to educate consumers about quality and yield grading. Mrs. Betty Campbell of Greeley was the third member of Ihe panel and she is also a member of the Cuwbelles group. She said t h a t her ·.research showed that the industry needs to make a change in ils marketing methods. "A hundred years ago Ihe cattle in (his country were grown for their hides. They weighed about 370 pounds when mature and (hey didn't have (hat much edible meat on them. "We wouldn't link of selling an animal like (hat today, but our marketing methods are still thu same: we sell for what we ran gel. This industry must make a major effort to develop new marketing methods." Mrs. Campbell said. Mrs. Jean Ordwuy was the consumer representative on the panel. Working outside Ihe home, a housewife and mother, she said that hei menu controlled buying habits more than price or special promotions. She said she looks for even marbling, less shrinkage and loss fat in the meal she buys. Color was not a purchasing consideration for her, she said. LYNN HEINZE. Edilor TEMIK ALIWCARB PESTICIDE the systemic for sugar beets. Life memberships given women by cattle group The Weld County Livestock Association awarded honorary life memberships to women for the first time in the group's history during its annual spring meeting in Greeley Tuesday night. The memberships were awarded to Mrs. E d i t h Kuykendall of Roggcn and Mrs. Mavis Peavy of Keota for their outstanding support of the livestock industry in Weld County. Mrs. Kuykendall has actively been involved in ranching since her marriage to John Kuykendall in 191S, it was noted. "She knows ranching better than most and always helped her husband. She has always worked in the background, supporting her husband, her industry and doing her job. "Shu has been active in civic and social functions, was a 4-H leader, active in politics and a rr.rmbpr of the Cowbdlcs," it was noted during the presen tation. Mrs. Peavy was raised in Hie Denver area and started teaching at (he age of 18. "She loves kids, is sincere, dependable and very much respected in a man's business." it was said during Ihe presentation. She is still active in ranching near Keota. Meanwhile, members of the association re-elected Bill Bashor of Grover to the presidential post and picked Allen Box of New Haymer firsl vice president. Ben Houston of Plaltcville second vice president and Itodney Kuykendall of Roggen third vice president. Dean Kanodc of Aull was re-elected secretary- treasurer of Ihe group. Members also picked two new directors for the coining year. Ted Magnuson of Eaton and Norman Tappy of Sloneham were elected to the directorship pc?'.?. TEMIK aldicarb pesticide is the systemic for SUGAR BEETS!!! Regardless of population levels, TEMIK provides up to 12 weeks of protection against root maggots, leafminers, aphids and leafhoppers . . . plus season-long control of cyst and root knot nematodes. And applying TEMIK at planting saves time, fuel, labor ;md material co«tc of 1 Of more foliar sprays. 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