National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Maddie Kemner, Alysa Rice, and Jaci Juergens - Period 3

National Cattlemen's Beef Association purpose

This association is an advocacy group for beef producers in the United States and it's purpose is to increase profit opportunities for cattle and beef producers by enhancing the business climate and building consumer demand.

How/Why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was founded

In the 1860s, cattle ranching in the United States was a harsh industry to work in. Fence-cuttings, cattle rustling and conflicting claims for land rights were problems for homesteaders and livestock grazers. A "packer monopoly" kept market information from cattle producers, while railroads charged extra rates for shipping cattle. It was clear that cattle producers needed to stick together to have strength in fighting these problems. Getting together state level organizations were okay for dealing with cattle thieves and ownership issues, but not for trade and governmental issues. Cattlemen needed to think bigger -- on a national level. This is how the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was founded. Initiated in 1898, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the marketing organization and trade association for America's one million cattle farmers and ranchers.

How many people does it reach?

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association affects  everyone. They reach out to 4-H and FFA state activities. The Ohio Cattlemen's Beef Association supports Ohio Best Program which is a program that involves raising cattle for market shows. County beef producers within the state also support local shows, and often give premiums to 4-H members within the cattle industry.  

Why you should join

"Beef, It's What's For Dinner" The United States is the second largest meat eating country in the world. The average American eats nearly 271 pounds of beef per year! Besides supporting the industry that feeds everyone, members receive multiple great benefits for promoting NCBA.

Benefits you get

NCBA members will receive a 1% below factory invoice price on nearly all new Chrysler Group vehicles

*15 percent off of Cabela's gift cards.

*John Deere offers discounts on Riding Lawn Equipment and Compact Utility Tractors

*New Holland offers up to $1000 off on select equipment

*Receive a 50% off coupon for Roper, Stetson & Tin Haul Apparel and Footwear

*Zoetis offers a free 1L bottle of Dectomax Pour-On wormer

How the National Cattlemen's Beef Association functions

Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, oversees the cattle operations while being the president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He is joined with president-elect, Phillip Ellis, and many others to help run the association smoothly. They come up with new ideas to help promote the beef industry, and how important it is in people's everyday lives.

Issues the National Cattlemen's Beef Association deals with

International trade, tax & credit issues, food safety, animal health, property rights, environment, federal lands issues, drought relief, marketing, nutrition. They also deal with other interest groups, often ones against the beef industry such as PETA.

Data that supports the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's success

  • 2014 Cattle inventory (as of July 1, 2014): 95 million
  • Economic impact: $44 billion in farm gate receipts (USDA NASS)
  • Number of beef cow operations: 729,000
  • Number of cattle & calf operations: 915,000
  • 2014 U.S. total beef exports: 5.6 billion pounds
  • More than 50 percent of the total value of U.S. sales of cattle and calves comes from these 5 states: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California, Oklahoma
  • U.S. beef production (commercial carcass weight) was 25.8 billion pounds.
  • The total U.S. beef consumed was 25.5 billion pounds.
  • Average annual U.S. retail Choice beef price in 2013 was $5.29/lb.
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