Gilles Stockton discusses how vertical integration has already taken out thousands of independent cattle feeders. Cow calf producers are feeling vertical integration through subtle instances such as the USDA pushing for mandatory RFID tags and the push for certain bloodlines.
Jerod McDaniel believes that the mess we have in the cattle industry is one that can’t be untangled. It’s obvious that the system is rigged, but for some reason we all continue to play. “A lot of the cattle industry problems fall right at the feet of the producers themselves who have refused to take the bull by the horns and say we aren’t going to take this anymore.”
U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana discusses how the cattle industry needs to reinstate MCOOL. Senator Daines also touches on the market manipulation we’re seeing from the packers and how the Biden Administration’s Green New Deal will affect agriculture.
RCALF USA recently launched their Cattle Industry Long Range Plan that includes strategies to promote profitability and prosperity for family-owned and family-operated cattle operations. The plan also focuses on increasing profitability in America’s rural communities.
Colonel Jon Phillips explains how captive supply is driving our industry towards vertical integration. He also touches on the need for cattle producers to get involved with industry issues and to ask themselves what they’re doing to improve the industry.