Survey says beef producers give cautious support to traceability

About 80% of beef producers support beef traceability. But most of them do so cautiously.

Nevil Speer

April 5, 2018

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Survey says beef producers give cautious support to traceability

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Beef Industry Long Range Plan (2016-2020) includes the strategic objective to, “Conduct a feasibility study to understand the economic opportunity of opening new and expanding markets…and the lost opportunity in the event of an animal disease outbreak.”

That’s an important initiative that resulted in new report released at NCBA’s 2018 Annual Convention in Phoenix:  U.S. Beef Identification and Traceability Systems:  Opportunities, Obstacles and Incentives Across the Value Chain. The comprehensive study, performed by World Perspectives, includes literature review, economic analyses, industry surveys and qualitative interviews.  

One of the most important components of the World Perspectives study includes assessment of producer attitudes regarding the necessity of traceability within the industry. Accordingly, the study summarizes, “the range of responses to the question of 1) implementation of, or 2) integration with a nationally significant animal identification and traceability approach for cattle.” Those results are highlighted in this week’s Industry At A Glance.     


The results indicate that approximately 80% of cow-calf producers could be categorized as supporting those efforts. Meanwhile, 10% categorize themselves as resigned to the inevitability of a broader program going forward, and only 10% indicated firm opposition.

Related:Animal traceability data: beef producers prefer private vs. government control

Where do you find yourself on the scale of firm opposition to wholesale support? What’s are your view of the results – do they match what you’re hearing out in the country? Where do you see the beef industry headed in the years to come with respect to traceability? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Nevil Speer is based in Bowling Green, Ky., and serves as vice president of U.S. operations for AgriClear, Inc. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMX Group Limited. The views and opinions of the author expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the TMX Group Limited.

About the Author(s)

Nevil Speer

Nevil Speer serves as an industry consultant and is based in Bowling Green, KY.

Nevil Speer has extensive experience and involvement with the livestock and food industry including various service and consultation projects spanning such issues as market competition, business and economic implications of agroterrorism, animal identification, assessment of price risk and market volatility on the producer segment, and usage of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
Dr. Speer writes about many aspects regarding agriculture and the food industry with regular contribution to BEEF and Feedstuffs.  He’s also written several influential industry white papers dealing with issues such as changing business dynamics in the beef complex, producer decision-making, and country-of-origin labeling.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
Dr. Speer holds both a PhD in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Contact him at [email protected].

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