Iowa Hosts Mexican Meat Buyers
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Seventeen meat buyers from Mexico learned about Iowa beef production on a tour of the Triple U Ranch near Correctionville on Sept. 10. Hosted by the Utesch family – brothers Craig, Brad and Kirk and their families, the buyers checked the pastures to see the cow/calf operation and then visited the feedlot to learn about the finishing end of the beef business.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.