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Consumer Trends: A new check-off proposed

Today, there are 22 federally mandated commodity check-offs, and they raise some $750 million annually from U.S. farmers and ranchers. In addition to the beef check-off, there are check-off programs for blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, lamb, mango, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, soybeans and watermelons.

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Live Cattle Imports Lower for Fifth Consecutive Month

Total live cattle imports were lower for the fifth consecutive month in May at approximately 163,000 head. While feeder cattle imports from Mexico were brisk, imports of live cattle from Canada remain well below last year.

Through May, cumulative live imports from Mexico are 8.1 percent higher than a year earlier, while Canadian shipments into the U.S. are down 23.7 percent year over year.

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Heavy Cattle Weights Partially Offset Declines in Cattle Slaughter

USDA reduced the second-quarter beef production forecast due to lighter than expected steer and heifer slaughter during May and June. Third-quarter 2015 beef production is forecast to reach 6.250 million pounds, approximately 1 percent higher than a year ago.


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