Noticed the big drop in cattle prices lately? Do you support our import/export situation is a factor? For some time now, the big packers and their minions have gone all-out to scuttle COOL and relax FMD restrictions on imports from South America, especially Brazil. (They have no tolerance for profits for U. S. cattle producers.) Well, COOL is precariously hanging on but the floodgates are in the process of opening for imports. The ultimate goal seems to be to have a world price for cattle; a recipe for certain demise for the U. S. beef cattle industry. Sadly, this process is aided and abetted by the Beef Tax (otherwise known as the checkoff) which funds NCBA in its effort to kill COOL and support the big packers.
U.S. Beef Imports up 33 Percent in 2015
by Kelly Lenz on September 24, 2015 at 8:50 am
(Drovers CattleNetwork) The United States has imported 2.16 billion pounds of beef so far in 2015 (January – July, up 32.5 from 2014.)
The United States imported the most beef in 2015 from Australia followed by New Zealand and Canada.
U.S. beef imports from Australia are up 55 percent in 2015.
U.S. beef imports from New Zealand are up 16 percent in 2015.
U.S. beef imports from Canada are up 2.5 percent in 2015.
U.S. beef imports from Brazil are up 119 percent in 2015. Brazil is the 5th largest supplier of beef to the United States so far in 2015.
|U.S. Beef Imports||1,626,905,317||2,155,168,282||32.47%|
|Country||Jan. – July 2014||Jan. – July 2015||Difference|
|Source: ERS/USDA (pounds)|