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LIFE                               KNOW THE QUALITY                                     The Midwest Cattleman · September 9, 2021 · P12
      continued from page 5              continued from page 11             U.S. FROZEN BEEF EXPORTS TO CHINA GROWING
      the end of April. I had a couple  differ between various pro-                                   By Greg Henderson
      born in May, five in June, and  ducers.  If we know that cows
      three in July. I still had one  need at least 10 percent pro-           The U.S. has surpassed Aus- gested  Washington is priori-
      old cow in the north pasture  tein during the winter, hay             tralia as the top exporter of  tizing American interests over
      that hadn’t calved, and I sus- testing 8 percent might not            frozen beef to China.             its ally, despite assurances
      pected that she wasn’t even  be worth the effort for some               Australia’s exports have de- from US politicians, includ-
      bred and was the perfect can- producers.    They may not              clined since  April, according  ing Secretary of State Antony
      didate to be culled this fall.  want to add the expense of            to a report in the South China  Blinken, the U.S. would stand
      As my youngest son has been  supplementing with a pro-                Morning Post, a result of the  with  Australia against eco-
      checking cattle every weekend  tein and energy feed.  Some            fallout from ongoing tensions  nomic coercion from Beijing.
      for me while I recovered from  producers might be better              between Canberra and Beijing.        The  signing  of  the  phase-
      surgery, he too surmised that  able  to feed a  supplement,             In  May,  the  U.S.  shipped  one trade agreement between
      #3164 did not look pregnant  and they can use the lower               US $90 million of frozen beef  the U.S. and China in January
      and should probably make the  quality hay successfully.               to China, compared to Austra- of last year opened the door for
      trip to town, this fall.              So now you are probably         lia's US $47 million, the Morn- American beef.
         Last week, my doctor final- thinking “Thanks, Bates.  You          ing Post reported. By July, U.S.     The phase-one deal requires
      ly cleared me to resume trac- have proceeded to avoid an-             exports hit US $107 million,  China to purchase US $80 bil-
      tor driving, so I hooked up to  swering the question.”  There         while Australia's  shipments  lion in agricultural products
      the cutter and began the task  are really three things I want         fell  to  $35  million.  Australia  from the US across 2020 and
      of clipping the pastures one  you to get from this article.           remains China's biggest sup- 2021, effectively giving prefer-
      last time. As I began the first       1.Figure out how much           plier of chilled beef.            ence to US products over other
      pass in the north pasture, I  it costs you to produce                   While  Australia still dom- suppliers. Trade data show the
      could hardly believe my eyes  hay.  You need to know how              inates exports of chilled beef,  values of U.S. frozen beef ex-
      when old #3164 emerged from  much it costs you to produce             the gap is closing, though ana- ports to China between April
      the edge of the woods, with a  each ton of hay.    That will          lysts say chilled beef from the  and July this year were from
      healthy, red newborn in tow. It  provide you information to           U.S. remains more expensive  eight to 18 times higher than
      was August 29th.                   know whether you should            than from Australia and New  their corresponding months
         I  was  never very  good  in  keep producing hay, or maybe         Zealand.                          last year.
      math, but I believe that made  switch to purchasing all your            Amid growing tensions with
      my spring calving period, this  hay.  This might remove the           Australia, China informal-
      past year, 288 days long. I  stress of trying to fight the            ly banned a series of goods        NCBA
      know that’s about three times  weather each spring.                   from Australia last year such      continued from page 3
      as long as what is recommend-         2.Cut your hay as early         as coal, log timber and wine,
      ed by the experts, but it should  as possible.   Don’t be late        opening the venue to the U.S.     ent outreach strategy, allowing
                                                                                                              for American cattle producers
      also be noted that 100% of my  cutting your hay, because the          Political analysts have sug-
      cows did calve—eventually.  nutrient content drops after                                                to have a voice in the process.
      It’s been 51 years since I took  the grass produces a seed            PLANTING WHEAT                    Background
      that animal husbandry course  head.  If you are going to go           continued from page 2                Earlier    this   year,    the
      in college, but I think a hun- to the trouble and expense of                                            Biden     Administration      an-
      dred per cent conception rate  making hay, then make good             in no-till wheat plantings in     nounced their intent to repeal
      might, at least, throw me back  quality hay.   I have never           mid-August  and  early  Sep-      and replace the NWPR. The
      into the  category  of  an  aver- seen anyone have a problem          tember were similar to for-       Administration planned a
      age cattleman.                     with their hay being too high      age production of clean-tilled    three-phase process including
                                         in nutrients.   I have seen        fields in early September.        listening sessions with the En-
                                         problems with the reverse.         When planting was delayed         vironmental Protection Agency
                                            3.Forage test your hay.         until mid-September, fall         and Army Corps of Engineers,
      THE IMPACTS                        Whether you cut your hay on        forage  production  in  tilled    a repeal rule for NWPR, and
      continued from page 7              time  or  a  little  late,  always   fields was better than in no-   a new WOTUS rule. The first
                                         take a sample and submit           till. Stocker calf gains were     public comment phase began
      lack  of outside forage here,”     it for an analysis.    You can     the same for early planted        in August and NCBA, state
      he explained.                      learn the level of nutrients       no-till and clean-tilled fields,   affiliates, and numerous cat-
         On  the PLC  front,  Han-       in the hay, which can help         but no-till had later stocking    tle producers submitted com-
      sen shared the story of one        you determine if the hay is        dates  and lower  calf gains      ments to the Agencies.
      rancher who was feeding hay        good enough by itself, or if it    than clean-till when planted
                                                                                                                  Last month, the U.S. Dis-
      to cows in June waiting for        will need supplementation          later.                            trict Court in South Caroli-
      the range to improve so they       to meet a cow’s nutrient re-          There is a lot of compro-
      could turn out.  That didn’t       quirements.  You can contact       mise and give and take when       na dismissed a similar case,
                                                                                                              which allowed the NWPR to
      materialize.                       your  local  Extension  office     planting wheat and other
         Next came a discussion          about the specifics of taking      cool-season annuals for pas-      remain in effect until a repeal
      of the numbers, shared by          and submitting a sample.           ture. Each year is different,     rule was finalized by the Biden
      Nalivka, who covered his-             Just like with many things      but when aggressively pur-        Administration. That decision
                                                                                                              ensured regulatory certainty
      torical data on annual cattle      in life, what seems to be a        suing the earliest planting
      slaughter and the disrup-          simple question has a very         dates for maximizing fall         for cattle producers while the
                                                                                                              Biden Administration moved
      tions that have impacted the       difficult and complex answer.      forage production, producers
      market, like the pandem-           But  getting  information  is      must be ready to intervene        through  the rulemaking pro-
                                                                                                              cess. Last week’s court decision
      ic-forced  closure  of  packing    the key to determining the         if crusting occurs and to con-
      plants and the impacts to          correct answer.                    trol pests or replanting may      is the first time a federal court
                                                                                                              has vacated the NWPR.
      carcass weights.                                                      be necessary.
      Drovers                                                               Drovers                           –NCBA
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