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**USDA ban on fresh Brazilian beef announced this week is Supported by Texas Cattle Raisers

In response to an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that USDA is banning the importation of fresh Brazilian beef, Richard Thorpe, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement:
“The United States is home to the safest beef supply on the planet due to the care and dedication of our beef producers and USDA’s commitment to a rigorous scientific testing procedure for imported beef. I applaud Secretary Perdue and his staff for their swift implementation of a ban on fresh Brazilian beef. The ban will protect American consumers and ensure we maintain the world’s safest beef supply.” Read more…
Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday, June 23 the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in …

Winning ropers earn $120,000 at BFI in Reno

Luke Brown and Jake Long bested 108 of the top teams
in the world Monday to win their first Bob Feist Invitational.
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Middle America should be proud of the cowboys it sent to Nevada for the richest one-day team roping in the world. Jake Long, 33, of Coffeyville, Kan., and his best friend Coleman Proctor, 31, of Pryor, Okla., have roped together since they were kids, partnering professionally in five different seasons over the past 10 years. Despite the fact that today Proctor was partnered with fellow Oklahoman Billie Jack Saebens of Nowata, he was the first man to ride over and congratulate Long, horseback, after Long and Luke Brown bested Proctor and Saebens for the coveted Bob Feist Invitational championship. The two teams earned $204,000 in cash. The 40th anniversary of the oldest, most prestigious invitational team roping in the sport paid out $800,000 in cash and prizes Monday over six rounds of fierce competition. Brown and Long headed into the …

United States and China finalize beef export details

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Monday the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted the requirements for its Export Verification program for U.S. establishments shipping to China, which will enable packers to apply for approval to export to China. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has also updated its online Export Library specifying China’s requirements for certifying U.S. beef being shipped there.
China has emerged as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports increasing from $275 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion in 2016. However, the United States has been banned from China’s market since 2003. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and was the world’s fourth-larges…

Gage Gay goes 3-for-3 to win PBR Deadwood Velocity Tour event

Gage Gay (Staley, North Carolina) used a perfect 3-for-3 performance to win PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Deadwood Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event Saturday night at the Deadwood Event Complex. Gay capped off the victory by riding Red Bone (Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve) for 85.5 points in the championship round. Gay had previously won Round 1 on Friday night with an 88.5-point ride on Americana (Dakota Rodeo - Chad Berger/Hruby/Kainz) and carried that success over into Round 2 Saturday with 86 points on Tequila Sunrise (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger). The No. 26 rider in the world standings earned 80 world points and $6,900 for the victory. Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montanta) is now ranked fourth in the world standings following his second-place finish in Deadwood. Lockwood joined Gay as the only two riders to cover all three of their bulls over the course of the two-day event. On Friday night, Lockwood rode Flat Top Pete (Dakota Rode…


Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) went 3-for-3 to win the first event of the 2017 Monster Energy Tour at the Videotron Centre in Québec City, Quebec.
Kolbaba began the night winning Round 2 after riding Time Bomb (K-C/Josie McElroy Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin Acres) for 87.5 points. The 21-year-old followed that with an 88.5-point ride aboard Pneu-Dart’s Doomsday (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in the championship round to claim the buckle. The event win is Kolbaba’s fourth this season. He has won two events on the elite Built Ford Tough Series, Little Rock, Arkansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour stop in Clovis, California. For the win, Kolbaba earned $34,100 Canadian dollars and 300 points towards the world standings, moving him to No.3 in the world rankings. He now trails world leader Eduardo Aparecido by only 910 points and is the No.1 ranked rider in the PBR Canada national standings. Fabiano Vieira (Pérola, Brazil) finished s…