GRSB Connect for November 18, 2014
Dear GRSB Member,
Thanks to all who came to São Paulo for the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, to those who spoke and of course to our co–hosts GTPS, who helped make the event the success it was. For those of you who could not make it, it was a resounding success! We hope you will be able to make the next one in 2016. Within the next two weeks we will have the presentations that were made at the conference and video coverage of the event up on our website, both for those who missed it, and those who attended and want to revisit some of the presentations that most interested you.
Dateline: 11/04/14, Source: Drovers CattleNetwork
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) announced today that its membership has overwhelmingly approved global Principles and sustainable beef production practices. Members of the global beef community, including representatives from every segment of the supply chain, have worked on this collaborative effort for more than a year–and–a–half to identify and define the core principles for sustainable beef production and delivery.
Dateline: 10/28/14, Source: By Margaret Donnelly, AgriLand
Farming sustainably needs to be financially viable for the farmer and for this to happen, every link in the food chain must work, according to Matteo Bartolini, President of the European Young Farmers Association (CEJA).
Dateline: 10/28/14, Source: The Cattle Site
Farming for the future – delivering sustainable intensification, is the theme of this year's National Farm Management Conference to be staged in London on Wednesday 26 November.A comprehensive range of topics will come under the microscope in three parts led by an inspiring line–up of speakers featuring a mix of farm managers, farmers and industry influencers scheduled by event organiser, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM).
Dateline: 11/12/14, Source:By Jon Condon, BEEF Central
While the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef last week passed a resolution among its membership endorsing its global principles and criteria for defining sustainable beef and sustainable beef production practices, the motion was not supported by Cattle Council of Australia.
Dateline: 11/04/14, Source: by Samantha Stanbery, Farm Talk Newspaper
For years, it has been a struggle between crops and cattle over farmland. Land was used for one or the other. That struggle may come to an end in the future with the help of a Kansas State University Research and Extension specialist.
Dateline: 11/09/14, Source: By Robyn Ainsworth, Farm Weekly
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) managing director Richard Norton has admitted the industry body needs to market itself better to its core constituents – levy paying primary producers. In an address to NSW Farm Writers' Association last week ahead of next week's annual general meeting in Sydney, Mr Norton said the MLA's image overseas was strong, but more needed to be done in Australia to impress upon levy payers and other producers the good work the organisation was doing on their behalf. MLA faces a challenge to very simplistically tell beef growers in Queensland where their levy dollar is going," he said.
Dateline: 11/05/14, Source: The Daily Meal
Carbon in soils represents both a problem and an opportunity. On the one hand, soil's degradation is truly alarming. According to the book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, at the current erosion rate the earth "would literally run out of topsoil in little more than a century." And soil is the source of one–tenth of the earth's human–caused carbon losses since 1850.
Dateline: 11/09/14, Source: By Robyn Ainsworth, Farm Weekly
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) managing director Richard Norton has admitted the industry body needs to market itself better to its core constituents – levy paying primary producers. In an address to NSW Farm Writers' Association last week ahead of next week's annual general meeting in Sydney, Mr Norton said the MLA's image overseas was strong, but more needed to be done in Australia to impress upon levy payers and other producers the good work the organisation was doing on their behalf.
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We Welcome The Newest Members to the Roundtable
Dateline: November 2014
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) aims to be a national, multi–stakeholder initiative developed to advance existing and new sustainability efforts within the industry. The CRSB will lead a national forum dedicated to connecting a network of local, regional and national leaders in the beef industry with a common vision and mission. It gives stakeholders an equal opportunity through equal seats at the Roundtable. Through leadership, science, multi–stakeholder engagement and collaboration continuous improvement of sustainability of the Canadian beef value chain will be achieved and recognized. The CRSB is currently structured as an informal organization of interested participants and is not organized for the private gain of any person or organization.
Constituency: Civil Society
Holistic Management International (HMI) is a non–profit organization with a 30–year history of working with farmers and ranchers to help them flourish through the practice of Holistic Management. Holistic Management is a decision making framework for whole farm–ranch planning that helps land stewards better manage resources in order to achieve sustainable environmental, economic, and social benefits, i.e. "triple bottom line" benefits. The mission of HMI is to educate people to manage land for a sustainable future.
Constituency: Commerce & Processing
Merial is a world–leading, innovation–driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well–being and performance of a wide range of animals.
Vela Environmental helps clients to identify and capitalize on the "sweet spots" where environmental improvement aligns with profitability and competitiveness. While many companies now offer "environmental sustainability" services, most offer quick fixes without approaching sustainability from a business–wide perspective.
Members in the News
Dateline: 11/12/14, Source: By James Nason, BEEF Central
Overseeing a restructure process that aims to give grassfed cattle producers more control over their industry stands as a highlight of Andrew Ogilvie's presidency of the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA).
Dateline: 10/30/14, Source: By Ross Macdonald, The Western Producer
What a great time to have cattle to sell. Record smashing prices continue to appear, and even the most pessimistic producers are smiling. With the strong market providing continued profits and market signals continuing to fuel optimism, I wonder how the optimism will be translated into action?
Dateline: 11/07/14, Source: By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input on the development of a new industry–funded promotion, research and information order for beef.
Dateline: 10/20/14, Source: By Georgi Gyton, Global Meat
Brazil is planning to "step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector", according to agricultural analyst Rabobank.
Dateline: 11/13/14, Source: By Beef Central
In a market driven decision, JBS Australia today announced from Monday 17 November it's widely recognised brand, King Island Beef, would be underpinned by the class–leading grass fed quality assurance standard, JBS Farm Assurance.
Dateline: 10/30/14, Source: The Crop Site
A grand opening ceremony on Friday, 24 October, 2014, recognised Cargill's animal nutrition business in Western Canada for its C$2.46 million contribution to the Canadian Feed Research Center (CFRC) in North Battleford.The ceremony was emceed by the University of Saskatchewan's Dean Mary Buhr, and attended by provincial and local government officials, university ambassadors, media and Cargill representatives.
Dateline: 10/20/14, Source: By Miranda Reiman, Perishable News
Fewer cattle equals more Prime beef. It doesn't take a mathematician to think, "Wait, something doesn't add up." Yet, that's the reality in today's marketplace. Fed steer and heifer harvest was down 6.2% for the first 32 weeks of the year, but it wasn't an even distribution across all quality grades. "In pounds of Prime, we're up 2.5% to 3% [from 2013], and adding in Premium Choice, it's still pretty much a wash," says Mark McCully, vice president of supply for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand.
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