May 2020

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry.
USDA: MEATPACKING FACILITIES PRACTICING SAFE REOPENING
Some meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations following  President Trump’s Executive Order  directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
KENTUCKY LEADERS CALL FOR EXPANDED FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO BEEF PRICES
Across Kentucky, some stores still have limits on how much meat people can buy. Some cuts of beef have been harder to get and shoppers might find themselves paying more money. A lot of that is likely due to the economics of the pandemic, but a growing number of lawmakers and state governments want to make sure you're not being taking advantage of, at the checkout line. Kentucky leaders are calling for an expanded federal investigation into the price of beef. The USDA has been looking into this for some time, but a renewed interest has grown out of the pandemic.
HOW TO PREPARE NOW FOR CFAP APPLICATIONS
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19.

USDA will soon take applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and agricultural producers will apply through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). For more information, click the button below to visit the website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: BEEF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS
Looking for more information on US beef trade? Check on these frequently asked questions on beef imports and exports.
SIGNS OF RECOVERING IN BEEF PACKING...BUT HOW FAST?
COVID-19 began impacting workers at beef packing plants in early April. Over last five weeks, cattle slaughter decreased by an average of 27 percent year over year. This compares to the previous five weeks in March when cattle slaughter averaged 5.5 percent higher than year ago levels. The impact became progressively worse for four weeks with weekly slaughter dropping by 17.1 percent the week of April 11 to a decrease of 36.8 percent year-over-year the week ending May 2.
"I BOUGHT A FARM...NOW WHAT?" VIDEO SERIES
The University of Kentucky Beef IRM team often gets questions on how to begin an Ag enterprise on a piece of property that someone has either inherited or recently purchased. They recently started a YouTube series entitled “I Bought a Farm....Now What?”. 

New videos will be posted weekly, exploring the many decisions needed to transform a property into a viable beef enterprise. The next few episodes discuss methods to obtain reliable information, tips on land maintenance, and an economic analysis of different Ag enterprises suitable for a hill farm. These episodes are not lectures but rather podcast-like conversations. Episodes 1 through 6 are now available to watch, by clicking the button below.
FOOD BOX PURCHASES WILL PRECEDE CORONAVIRUS CHECKS TO FARMERS
Farmers and ranchers will begin signing up for $16 billion in coronavirus payments by the end of May if all goes according to plan, said a USDA spokesperson on Thursday. In that case, the payments would follow the USDA’s awarding of contracts for another part of the  Coronavirus Food Assistance Program  (CFAP), the Farmers to Families Food Box.
Checkin' on the Checkoff
MAY IS BEEF MONTH!
Make sure to follow along on all our social platforms and the website www.kybeef.com to stay up to date with all the activities we have planned! We may have moved digital, but we still have so much to celebrate with beef in Kentucky. We will be releasing Kentucky themed recipes created by Kentuckians, highlighting producers of all ages and firing up the grills!
LOCAL BEEF DIRECTORY SUBMISSIONS
The Kentucky Beef Council is currently working on developing a directory to help connect consumers to those producers selling beef.

Click the button below to submit your farm to our Kentucky Local Beef Directory! As we receive farm information, we will be releasing an interactive beef directory on the KBC website.
BEEF. IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER. SHARES SIMPLE STEAK SWAPS FOR SUMMER GRILLING SEASON
As Americans start to enjoy the warmer weather and fire up their grills,  Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.  is here to ensure beef cravings are satisfied with a quick guide for simple steak swaps and recipe inspiration. Whether a favorite cut of steak isn’t available at the grocery store or there’s a desire to try something new, beef’s variety and versatility mean there are almost endless options.
Happening at Eden Shale Farm
TWO NEGATIVES MAKE A POSITIVE
In the March edition of the Angus Beef Bulletin, our very own Dan Miller was featured for a study he conducted at the farm, with the USDA Forage Research Center. Using a strategic grazing marketing program, they discovered that a profit could be made by turning the open cows out onto KY-31 fescue. Click the button below to read the full article.
LAND AND WATER USE PLANNING
A typical cow-calf grazing operation needs to feed and water cattle on a daily basis. Ideally, this is accomplished by rotating cattle from field to field and providing them with a convenient source of water to drink. Cattle operations can better manage cattle when facilities are designed to meet the needs of cattle and the producer. Land use-planning can increase production and reduce production costs.
DAIRY BARN RENOVATIONS - PART 2
To ensure the calving barn is a multi-purpose facility, feeders had to be installed to provide maximum efficiency. When Dr. Higgins began planning the dairy barn renovations, he wanted to develop a plan that would utilize the existing features. One of these existing features was the large concrete pad outside of the barn. 

Dr. Higgins developed and installed a Bo Renfro style structure on the concrete pad. When we installed the gates inside the barn, we planned the layout so that each pen could have access to the feeder on the concrete pad simply by opening the gate. In addition, we positioned the gates around the barn for multiple pastures to have access to that feeder. You can see the amount of access points below. ​
Youth Activities
KJCA LEADERSHIP CAMP
KJCA Leadership Camp has been tentatively scheduled for July 29-31. Camp registration will open later this summer as social distancing guidelines are adjusted. The number of campers will vary based on those guidelines. Watch here, Cow Country News and Facebook for more updates!
In The News
RETAIL INSIGHTS
What's happening with Beef at Retail? These monthly articles leverage scanner data and other sources to inform retailers and other channel audiences on key beef industry trends and measures at retail. The topics may vary by month. We welcome your feedback, and if you are interested in a specific topic, please let us know by contacting BeefNewsNow@beef.org
BLUE GRASS STOCKYARDS PARTNERS WITH TOP DOLLAR ANGUS
As part of the arrangement, Blue Grass field personnel will represent, service, and promote all Top Dollar Angus verified cattle east of the Mississippi. Their team will work directly as an extension of the Top Dollar Angus team to objectively qualify groups of feeder calves and breeding females, and also to support the substantial network of Top Dollar Angus seedstock partners producing the premium Angus and Red Angus genetics that flow into the nation’s commercial cowherds. 
ZOETIS INTRODUCES INHERIT SELECT, A NEW GENOMIC TOOL FOR COMMERICAL COW-CALF PRODUCERS
Zoetis released a suite of new genetic testing and decision-making tools designed specifically for commercial cow-calf operations. INHERIT Select™ is the latest genomic test to offer Genomic Expected Progeny Differences (GEPDs) providing commercial cow-calf producers with genetic insights to make critical replacement female selection and breeding decisions.
KCA & KJCA APPAREL NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
You can now purchase KCA and KJCA apparel through our online store! Click the button below to visit the store. Online purchases can be paid with debit or credit card.
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