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Basic Meat & Poultry HACCP Training Course
Radisson Worldgate Resort; Kissimmee, FL
December 6 & 7, 2007
This program is designed to provide the attendee with a working knowledge of HACCP and its supporting programs.
The information will be presented by certified instructors in short, concise lectures. In addition, within small working
groups, the attendees will actually develop a HACCP plan and present it to the class for discussion and critique.
Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee will be registered with the International HACCP Alliance and
recognized as completing a HACCP training program.
For further information or to register, visit the UF/IFAS Animal Science web site at http://www.animal.ufl.edu, or contact
Larry Eubanks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-7528.
The Institute ofFood andAgrcultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmatve Acton Employer authorized to provide research educational information, and other
services only to individuals that function with regard to race, color sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publcations, contact your county
Cooperative Extension Service office.
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''USDA announced October
Ix 2' "', cattle eligible for export verification
programs (e.g., Japan which requires age verification) can no
longerbe back verified as of January 1,2008.
Back verification is a method used by the industry to verify
age of cattle after the cattle have left the ranch of origin.
The immediate implication is that all cattle that have left
the ranch of origin those on grass or on the way to the feedyard
- must be age verified by January 1, 2008, or the cattle will not be
eligible for EV programs requiring age verification (e.g., Japan).
Long term, this means cattle must be age verified before
they leave the ranch of origin or the cattle will not be eligible for
age verification premiums.
USDA indicated during the call the Japan EV program never
intended for back verification to be the primary method to secure
age verified cattle. And, by establishing January 1, 2008, as the
date for back verification to become ineligible, USDA will be
addressing the original intent of the Japan EV program.
The industry will undoubtedly seek the most cost effective,
efficient method to respond to departure of back verification.
Many industry solutions exist. IMI's SupplyVerified offers a best
value solution for third party verification.
SupplyVerified is a USDA-approved, patent-pending,
offsite/desk supplier evaluation system. SupplyVerified provides
a mechanism to ensure the evaluations are conducted using a
system that is automated, easy-to-use and proven. To get started,
visit http://www.cattlenetwork.com/kit%20emailed.pdf or call
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Release October 19, 2007
combined cost of the contracts is $1.7 million. The ear tags will
be used specifically for USDA state-federal cooperative
disease control and eradication efforts, such as bovine
tuberculosis and brucellosis and will be distributed in
geographic areas which are determined to be of increased risk
for disease outbreak or spread.
"Today's announcement marks another step in our
efforts to reach our long-term goal to trace an animal within 48
hours during a disease outbreak," said Bruce Knight, under
secretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs.
"Production and distribution of these National Animal
Identification System compliant tags for existing program and
disease uses will make it easier for state and federal officials to
trace production animals to their source in the event of a
disease outbreak or animal health emergency."
The ear tags will use radio frequency identification device
technology, which will allow producers and animal health
officials to electronically identify and store information
contained on a tag that is attached to an animal. This will
greatly increase the efficiency of an animal disease
investigation that involves tracing of exposed and potentially
infected animals. The radio frequency identification technology
also increases the accuracy of information collected from the
tags attached to animals of interest.
Three manufacturers are under contract to produce the
radio frequency identification ear tags: Allflex USAInc., Dallas
Ft. Worth Airport, Texas; Digital Angel Corp., South St. Paul,
Minn.; and Global Animal Management, Summit, N.J. The
average cost per unit to USDA for the bulk purchase is
approximately $1.13 per tag.
The National Animal Identification System consists of
three components: premises registration, animal identification
and tracing. The premises registration component of the
system ensures the availability of a nationwide
communications network to assist livestock owners and animal
health officials in the event of an animal disease event. More
than 420,000 premises nationwide have been registered to date.
SDA USDA Purchases
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Advance Animal Disease
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has
announced contracts with three manufacturers to produce 1.5
million radio frequency identification ear tags that are compliant
with National Animal Identification System standards. The
Phone: (301) 734-7255
Phone: (202) 720-4623
Release October 19,2007
S National Stocker
Survey is in the Mail
"The stocker and backgrounding
segments have always been critical to
the overall success of the beef industry.
The structural changes brought about
by higher grain prices and input costs make these segments
even more critical, though," says Dale Blasi, Kansas State
University (KSU) beef stocker specialist. "Consequently the
information provided by this survey, at this point in history, is
essential to characterize management practices and identify
opportunity on a national basis. The time backgrounders and
stockers invest in completing this survey is truly an investment
in their future."
He's talking about the National Beef Stocker Survey being
conducted by BEEF magazine, with cooperative input from 12
land-grant universities. These include: Auburn University, Iowa
State University, Kansas State University, Mississippi State
University, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State
University, South Dakota State University, Texas A&M
University, University of Florida, University of Missouri,
University of Nevada, and Western Kentucky University.
The surveys are being mailed this week to a list of stocker
operators and backgrounders representative of the industry in
terms of size and geography. What's more, every stocker
operator and backgrounder has an opportunity to participate in
this historic survey by completing it online (see instructions at
end of this article).
"Information provided by this survey will help all of us
charged with serving the stocker and backgrounding industries
serve them more effectively," Blasi says. "Results from this
survey will be used by universities, industry leaders and allied
industry to guide their activities and investments in programs,
products and research focused on the needs and concerns of
stockers and backgrounders."
Despite the fact that a majority of fed cattle spend some
portion of their post-weaning, pre-feedlot lives in a growing or
straightening-out program, there's never been a national effort
to benchmark and characterize the management practices and
challenges of stockers and backgrounders. The best resource
that producers and those serving them have had are estimates
and guesses based on cow-calf and feedlot survey information
assembled by the National Animal Health Monitoring Service.
The most recent of those occurred in 1997-1999.
So, please complete a survey if you receive one in the
mail. If you don't receive one, please go online and do so. Keep
in mind, all information provided by producers is held in
confidence and only used to tabulate collective responses.
To participate in the National Beef Stocker Survey online,
go to http://www.snap-surveys.com/prismb2b/grau/NSSAlt/
Release October 23, 2007
AMERICAN MEAT INSTWUI
Information Initiative 'Meat Matters'
Case Ready Meat Packaging Technologies,
Product Dating Among Topics Addressed
in New Brochure Series
The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced a new
consumer outreach initiative called "Meat Matters," a series of
brochures that can be downloaded and printed from a new,
centralized web site MeatMattersInfo.org.
The Meat Matters series of brochures is designed to be
easily printed for use by consumers, retailers and foodservice
operators. The seven brochures in the new "Meat Matters"
E Case Ready Meats: This brochure details the growing
trend in packaging meat at the plant under federal inspection
for direct placement into the retail case without further cutting
or handling. The brochure details the benefits of each system
and explains the impact that meat packing may have on meat
freshness and meat color.
E Product Dating: An invaluable guide for consumers,
the brochure explains the different types of dates that appear
on packages including use-by dates, sell-by dates and "best if
used by" dates. The brochure also features a chart detailing
storage times for fresh and processed products.
E Safe Handling of Meat and Poultry Products: This
brochure details recommended handling and cooking practices
to ensure meat and poultry safety all the way to the table.
E Meat and Poultry Nutrition: The value of animal
protein in the diet is detailed in this brochure. Consumers can
find a quick reference guide to the amount of protein they need
and how to determine with their eyes how many ounces
they are consuming.
E Livestock Cloning: The emerging science of livestock
cloning is explained in understandable terms in this brochure,
which details the level of scientific review the technology has
E Animal Welfare in the Meat Industry: This brochure
explains the regulatory requirements for ensuring that livestock
handled by meat plants are treated humanely. The brochure
also details voluntary efforts by the meat industry to go above
and beyond regulatory requirements.
E Consumer's Guide to Enhanced Meats: This brochure
details how the meat industry is using enhancing solutions in
lean meat cuts to maintain juiciness, prevent overcooking and
ensure good eating experiences.
AMI sought comments from government, industry and
academia in the development of the brochures. The Institute
plans to add to the series over the next year with brochures
addressing other timely and emerging topics.
"The fact is meat does matter. We are proud of the
products we produce and decided it was time to speak more
directly to the consumer. We cannot rely on the media alone to
communicate important messages about food safety, nutrition,
animal welfare and meat quality," said AMI President J. Patrick
Boyle. "We believe that these brochures and their companion
download site can be a valuable resource to our customers."
AMI will be providing these materials to reporters
nationwide to ensure that they have consumer-friendly
information they can use in preparing stories. The Institute will
alert consumers to their availability through syndicated media
The "Meat Matters" series is available, and
downloadable, at http://www.meatmattersinfo.org. Electronic
files are available to retailers and foodservice operators who
wish to customize brochures by adding their logos.
Visitors can subscribe to receive alerts when new
brochures are released or to be notified when existing brochures
Schedule of Events:
9:00 Registration Begins
10:00 Introduction and Background
Addressing Problems With Exhibited Pigs
Feeding for Exhibition
12:00 Lunch (Provided)
Judging Live Market Hog Classes
Phone: (202) 587-4243
Phone: (202) 587-4245
Release October 15, 2007
Swine Judging Clinic
10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
UF/IFAS, AnimalScience Department
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This clinic is designed for:
1. Livestock show judges and officials.
2. Livestock agents and ag teachers whose
students show pigs.
3. Livestock show management and fair board
4. Breeders who market pigs to 4-H and FFA
members for show.
For more information:
Visit the web site at http://www.animal.ufl.edu/SwineJudging
Dr. Chad Carr
Meat Extension Specialist
Phone: (352) 392-2454
Mr. Larry Eubanks
Coordinator of Meat Science Programs
Phone: (352) 392-7528