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Editorial: The GIPSA Rule

The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposal is one which sparks much debate in the US cattle industry.

The goal of the proposal is to level the playing field between packers, poultry, swine and livestock producers.

In short, the rule says that meat packers must justify any deviation from the standard price or contract terms offered to producers, suggesting massive changes in the way livestock is marketed by producers, and procured by processors.

The public are free to comment on the proposal until 22 November 2010.

Meat Quality

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has fought against this concept, saying that the GIPSA rule jeopardises the long-standing marketing arrangements that compensate producers for providing higher quality cattle.

"If the market becomes generic, there will be no incentives for producers to invest in higher quality products," says Steve Foglesong, President of the NCBA.

Animal Welfare

Colorado University Professor Temple Grandin has said that the rule has serious animal welfare consequences.

With processors prohibited from purchasing stock from another packer or packer-affiliated company (in a bid to prevent inter-packer trades), animals will have to endure additional shipping time.

Adding shipping time is stressful to livestock and stands to increase injury and potential death losses. Companies that don't want to ship the livestock the additional distance would be forced to sell their livestock to independent dealers, who are unlikely to have the correct animal handling programmes and standards in place.

Economy

A study conducted by John Dunham & Associates and commissioned by the American Meat Institute (AMI), estimates that 104,000 Americans would lose their jobs as a result of this rule.

Fewer producers would lead to a lower supply of meat, pushing prices up in store. The study concluded that the GIPSA rule would have a negative impact on producers and consumers.

Perhaps Ms Grandin hit the spot when she said: "Bureaucrats who write rules in Washington, often have no practical experience in the real world."

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Emerging from the Shadow of Climate Change
The global livestock industry is casting a long shadow in the way the industry is adding to climate change, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Opportunities For NZ Meat In China
With its massive population, surging income and rapid urbanisation, China has grown to become one of the world’s largest markets for meat, including beef and sheepmeat.
US Livestock and Dairy Outlook - October 2010
Higher corn prices are expected to reduce the demand for lighter weight cattle, as well put producers out of profit in 2011, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Mexico - Livestock and Products Annual 2010
While Mexican cattle inventories for 2011 are expected to decline in 2011, swine production is expected to increase slightly, write Zaida San Juan and Daniel R. Williams II in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Sweden Carries Out Simulation Exercise

   United Kingdom

 » Union To Collate Reports Of Cattle Clipping Injuries
 » Beef Supply Shock for Complacent Supermarkets
 » Farmer Wins Cattle Bedding Court Case
 » Strong Incentives for Farm Quality Assurance
 » QMS Announces Funding To Improve Businesses
 » Gap Between Top And Bottom Producers Increases
 » Beef Industry Requires "Shift In Perception"
 » Sainsbury's Plans £40 Million Investment
 » Reducing Emissions Whilst Increasing Production

   Australia

 » Daily Livestock Report
 » Cattle Market Alert
 » Demand for Feed Quality Testing Grows
 » Friday Daily Livestock Report
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » A$ And Tight Supplies Hit Beef Export Values
 » Ensure High Standards At Saleyards
 » Tuesday Daily Livestock Article
 » Cattle Market Alert

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   United States

 » Cattlemen Attack Vilsack over GIPSA
 » GIPSA Proposal has Animal Welfare Consequences
 » Considerations When Pasturing Cattle On Wheat
 » USDA’s Livestock Marketing Rule Could Cost Jobs
 » Japan Considers Relaxing US Beef Curb
 » New Economic Impact Study on Livestock Rule
 » Cargill Recognised For Welfare, Environmental Efforts
 » CME: Increase in Overall Beef, Pork, Poultry Stocks
 » Finishing Beef For Local Demand
 » US Red Meat Production Down In September
 » Corn And Soybean Acres Needed In 2011?
 » $2 Million Grant To Help Improve Food Safety
 » NCBA President Condemns GIPSA Rule
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » What Stocking Rates Should You Have?

   Netherlands

 » Provimi Appoints New CFO
 » BSE Case in Netherlands
 » Vets Condemn Killing Of Light Calves

   European Union

 » American Beef Shipments To Europe Rise

   Mexico

 » Figap/VIV America Latina in Full Swing

   Pakistan

 » Vigilence Required To Prevent Disease Outbreaks

   Ireland

 » Positive Prospects For Irish Food & Drink Exports

   Germany

 » EuroTier: Increasing The Competitiveness Of Cattle

   Canada

 » Agreement Made On Livestock Traceability Principles

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That's all for this week!

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