Beef Buzz News
R-Calf's Bill Bullard Says Its All About Hanging Onto the Cash Market
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 22:06:54 CDT
Bill Bullard contends the GIPSA Rule is all about preserving the cash market for the cattle industry. We talked with him at the recent USDA-DOJ Workshop on Competition in the Livestock sector- and Bullard was very visible there- calling on USDA to implement the GIPSA Rule as a first step to stopping the takeover of the cattle business by packers in the US.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Bill Bullard of R-Calf on the proposed GIPSA Rule
Bullard and the President of his organization- R-Calf USA, Dr. Max Thornsberry of Missouri wrote a letter to the cattle industry after that workshop- and here is a portion of their thoughts about the need for the GIPSA Rule:
"Do we want the cattle industry to stay its present course or do we want to break away from the packersí dominance and strike off in a new direction? The hog industry chose to stay the course and watched silently as 90 percent of all U.S. hog producers (over 600,000) exited the industry just since 1980.
"The first real opportunity to strike off in a new direction is the proposed rule issued by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Those who support the status quo understand this and are doing everything possible to kill the proposed GIPSA rule. Their rallying cry is that the proposed GIPSA rule will destroy opportunities for producers to earn premiums for their high quality cattle and all cattle will sell for an average price.
"This is absurd. The proposed GIPSA rule will not do this. R-CALF USA has many members participating in value-based, branded beef programs including Certified Angus Beef and U.S. Premium Beef, and many of our producers are either feeders themselves or are involved in retained ownership programs and export-based programs. Our members recognize that while these programs presently are returning premiums over the cash price, all of these programs continue to use the fast-shrinking cash market to discover the base-price for their cattle, which accounts for about 90 percent of their animalsí total value. In other words, they understand that unless we take immediate steps to preserve competition in the cash market, everyone in the industry is harmed when the cash market becomes so thin that it discovers a less-than-competitive price. The proposed GIPSA rule will preserve what remains of our cash market and none too soon, for our cash cattle market is shrinking fast, following the very same path previously followed by the hog industry."
Today's Beef Buzz is with Bill Bullard and he tells us why he sees the need for the GIPSA Rules.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today. Just click on the Beef Buzz button found on the left hand side of any page on this website.
right-click to download mp3
WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI
K-State Researchers Determine Why Feedyards Not Buying E.Coli Vaccine Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:59:07 CDT
Tonsor Finds Challenges Ahead for U.S. Beef Exports Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:31:16 CDT
NCBA Finds Shrinking Window of Opportunity to Address Federal Tax Reform Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:43:47 CDT
Digital Marketing Key Ingredient for Beef Checkoff to Reach Millennial Generation Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:53:40 CDT
Beef Checkoff Touching Consumers Through Engagement Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:39:50 CDT
Cattlemen's Beef Board Using Science to Fight Dietary Guidelines Proposal Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:27:39 CDT
Peel Recommends Producers Make Their Strategic Plan for Rest of Decade Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:55:30 CDT
Peel Says Herd Rebuilding Could Go Either Way in 2015 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:43:53 CDT
Peel Provides Second Quarter Cattle Outlook Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:25:48 CDT
Combining Classes of Cattle Dewormers Can Help Reduce Parasite Pressure in Your Herd Sun, 05 Apr 2015 06:33:48 CDT
OSU Analyzes Cattle Grazing Systems to Maximize Production Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:24:57 CDT
Dietary Guidelines Selectively Misguided Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:09:42 CDT
Global Interest in Producing Sustainable Beef Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:51:30 CDT
Precision Agriculture One Piece of the Puzzle in Improving Sustainability of U.S. Beef Industry Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:30:37 CDT
Michael Smith Urges Congress to Repeal COOL Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:41:44 CDT
Sands Urges Producers to Manage Downside Risk in 2015 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:43:49 CDT
Sands Outlines Supply and Demand Uncertainty for Beef Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:43:24 CDT
Mike Sands - Informa Economics Breaks Down Market Volatility of Cattle Prices in 2015 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:45:32 CDT
Leffler Calls March Cattle On Feed Numbers Neutral Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:30:58 CDT
Peel Analyzes Supply and Demand of Cattle Market Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:04:57 CDT
New App Helps Producers Identify and Reduce Lameness in Beef Cattle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:51:22 CDT
Vilsack Address Beef Checkoff MOU, Still Touts His Plan of Second Checkoff Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:33:21 CDT
New FDA Rules Change Access to Antibiotics for Beef Producers Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:34:48 CDT
Feed Directive Will Require Stronger Relationship Between Producers and Vets Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:16:57 CDT
Center for Food Integrity Aims to Build Consumer Trust and Confidence Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:40:19 CDT
Beef Safety Summit Gathers Stakeholders Farm to Fork Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:36:54 CDT
Boehringer Ingelheim Offers BQA Certification Free to Producers Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:05:03 CDT
Cell Grazing with Jim Gerrish Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:09:31 CDT
Gerrish Matches Cattle with Range Resources Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:14:12 CDT
Cowboy Hats Head to Capitol Hill - 2015 NCBA Legislative Conference Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:37:52 CST
Checkoff Uses Education To Share the Great Story of American Beef Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:52:52 CST
Research: Key Pillar in Growing Beef Demand Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:25:31 CST
Beef Checkoff Creating a Bigger Beef Community and Love for American Beef Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:52:12 CST
Butler Says Time for Beef Producers to Stand Up for Industry Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:41:33 CST
Butler Says It's Time for Beef Industry to Know Their Consumer Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:21:38 CST