By law, all producers selling (bovine) cattle or calves, for any reason and regardless of age or sex, must pay $1-per-head to support beef/veal promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act created by the 1985 Farm Bill.
There is a very common misconception that the checkoff is collected when animals are harvested, however that is not the case. Producers who are marketing meat directly to consumers either by quarters and halves or by the cut by law must remit the dollar, for every animal harvested to sell, directly to the New York Beef Council. A dollar a head is due and can be remitted once a year by the seller. Since the meat is being sold to various customers the buyer is considered miscellaneous.
Livestock sales are an important component of many county 4-H programs throughout the state. The sale of 4-H livestock programs are not exempt from remitting the checkoff. Check with your auction organizer to find out if the dollar checkoff was remitted on your behalf. It is important to educate our youth on all that goes into raising and marketing production animals. These sales are considered like any other private treaty sale and can be remitted once a year after fair season or cattle shows.
The Beef Checkoff was established to include all bovines including dual-purpose animals such as dairy cattle. A dollar is collected through the sale barns every time an animal is sold regardless of it's age or stage of production. The checkoff is also due on private sale of dairy animals to other producers or cattle dealers. This includes dairy replacements and bull calves for dairy beef or veal that are sold directly to the producer.
Monthly remitters may include auction markets, order buyers, feedlots, and large scale direct marketers. Monthly remittance forms are due by the 15th of each month.
The Cattleman's Beef Board oversees the Beef Checkoff and Compliance with the Beef Promotion and Research Act.
Learn more about Beef Checkoff compliance and private treaty sales. Still have questions? Feel free to contact our office.
Every producer who is in compliance with the Beef Checkoff has access to marketing materials. Great for farm tour events or directly marketing beef.
The Cattlemen's Beef Board commissioned an economic study to measure the return on beef producers' and importers' investments into the national Beef Checkoff Program. "An Economic Analysis of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board Demand-Enhancing Programs" is the resulting study from Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University.
The goal of his comprehensive econometric study was to address two questions:
1. What would U.S. beef demand be in domestic and foreign markets had there not been any CBB marketing programs between 2006 and 2013?
2. Are the benefits of the CBB marketing programs larger than their costs?