An Oct. 3 satellite conference will help beef producers learn more about raising livestock that can be marketed internationally.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Beef Council are sponsoring this event.
For U.S. beef to be eligible for export to countries like Japan, Korea or those in the European Union, the beef production must be done as part of a Beef Export Verification program, says Darrell Mark, UNL livestock marketing specialist and one of the conference organizers. The verification program establishes rules that differ by exporting countries. Becoming part of a BEV is not difficult, and in many cases this information is worth a significant premium for cattle producers, he said.
The conference will help producers understand the marketing opportunities available and the terminology and programs associated with exports, such as Processed Verified Programs and Quality Systems Assessment programs. The conference also will examine the potential benefits and costs associated with participating in these programs in order to raise cattle that can be exported internationally.
Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says the conference will help producers understand their options.
"The global demand for age-and source-verified animals is growing," Ibach says. "Some basic steps could help producers increase their beef marketing opportunities."
The conference will feature a presentation and question- and answer-session with UNL Extension specialists.
In addition, a spreadsheet will be provided to help assist producers in evaluating how participation in PVP and QSA programs may affect their operation. More information also is available in UNL Extension NebGuide 1637, "Beef Export Verification Programs: What Should Cattle Producers Do?," available at local UNL Extension offices or on the Web at www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/g1637.html.
Producers also can access some background by going to www.agr.ne.gov and clicking on International Beef Market Opportunities.
To find out if a satellite downlink is available in your county, contact a local UNL Extension office.