Cattle groups clear up some confusion on mRNA vaccines

Cattle feeding

Wikipedia Commons

Rumors continue to swirl surrounding the use of MRNA vaccines in cattle, with some saying it is a way to get the vaccines into U.S. meat supply and vaccinate the population through digestion.

Several major cattle organizations have weighed in to clear up confusion.

Earlier this month, leaders at R-CALF came out to reiterate mRNA vaccines are not injected into U.S. cattle. Now, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is also speaking out, reminding everyone American cattle do not receive mRNA vaccines.

Mike Deering, the group’s executive vice president says even if they were, humans would not be affected.

“We don’t use mRNA vaccines in the beef cattle industry. But regardless of the vaccine technology, those vaccines are essentially digested when they’re administered, and we don’t give vaccines to cattle when they’re getting ready to be slaughtered. So, there’s absolutely no component, no residue of that vaccine left in the meat whatsoever. Not to mention, you know, vaccines or go through a very, very rigid approval process in the in the animal industry,” Deering said.

These recent rumblings have caused R-CALF to strengthen their message for mandatory country of origin labeling (M-COOL) regulations because some countries do inject their cattle. They say with more and more imports of beef into the U.S., the time for those regulations is now.

Related Stories
A recent study by the Environmental Defense Fund in Kansas is urging farmers to diversify crop portfolios to mitigate risks and ensure long-term sustainability.
As farmers gear up for the spring planting season, it’s crucial to remember that financial planning goes hand in hand with early season crop protection.

However, economists say land values could falter if commodity prices fall in the New Year.
With the New Year comes new ideas, and lawmakers are still trying to find ways to fund the Farm Bill.
The United Soybean Board representatives say export and trade development is critical for increasing international demand.
It is National Farm Safety and Health Week—a time dedicated to recognizing the critical importance of safety on the farm. The National Education Center for Ag Safety (NECAS) usually hosts this week-long event during mid-September so farmers are reminded to prioritize their safety during the harvest season.
Analysts with the Propane Education & Research Council say the outlook for propane prices is positive for the fall harvest season.
The quality of U.S. beef cattle has come a long way in the last two decades, but an expert with the Oklahoma State University Extension says there is still room for improvement.
The free online courses are an effort to boost the organic workforce.
The help is in addition to millions of dollars spent to help distressed borrowers last August.
Katherine Tai will be in India this weekend to discuss the country’s controversial ban on white rice exports.
Extension leaders say the market for goats is very enticing right now. Current market prices even put goats ahead of cattle in terms of their return on investment.
The trade move would affect imports from China, Germany, and Canada.
USDA meteorologists warn high temps and dry conditions are cause for concern over the next few days.
Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join Host and Market Day Report Anchor Christina Loren as she interviews members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.