Caring for Cattle in Winter

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Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

The checkoff’s website, which aims to dispel myths and issues in the beef industry, has churned out a few highly popular blog posts in recent months. During Winter Storm Ion and others that brought sub-zero temperatures and heaps of snow to many parts of America, the checkoff added a feature titled How Are Farmers and Ranchers Taking Care of Their Cattle During Winter Storm Ion, for example.

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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.
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