|Brazilian Beef Offloaded|
In Philly Last Week
In the meantime this is happening against the backdrop of one of the worst price selloffs in the history of the U.S. cattle market. Slaughter-ready cattle that were fetching $1.70/lb liveweight just two years ago are now trading at a bit over a dollar. This is catastrophic, and the news that our imports of beef just grew substantially only makes the situation tougher to accept. Meantime, our South Dakota congressional delegation (Thune, Rounds, Noem, Republicans all) don't seem to have much to say about the matter.
I just googled all 3 of their names with the words "beef imports" and came up with one solitary link: it reported that they all stood idly by last winter and let Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) die on the vine. It happened during a budget negotiation in Congress when repeal of COOL was slipped into the final bill, no fanfare, no eulogy, no nothing affixed to the closure. The repeal was needed to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that found COOL to be an illegal protective trade barrier, so out it went.
Meanwhile, South Dakota cattle ranchers have to cope with awful prices and no explanation as to how one of their principal marketing advantages is no longer around to help
|Who Wants To Know?|
We All Want To Know
As decisions like these are resolved at the federal level, you have to hope that somebody, anybody, who represents South Dakota in the United States Congress will speak up about this. My many friends in the cattle industry and my family as consumers are stakeholders. We want these labels and we want to know why we can't have them.