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.
AUDIO: Jim Jensen of Lucky 7 Angus, “We all know the best environmentalists in the world are those of us in agriculture.”
Jim Jensen discusses how his operation focuses on feed efficiency, which has produced an animal with phenomenal carcass traits and a product that is environmentally friendly. He also touches on MCOOL, the beef checkoff referendum and how an upcoming Biden Administration may impact agriculture.
AUDIO: Bryan Gill of Gill Red Angus, “Our congressmen need to decide if feeding the country is more important than lining their pockets.”
Bryan Gill discusses how the cattle industry needs to come together if we want to solve our issues. He believes that too much money is passing through lobbyists’ hands. The industry has groups that claim to represent cattle producers, but their actions say otherwise.
Quest Flesner believes that the cattle industry needs to reinstate MCOOL so consumers will be able to know where their beef is coming from. He also discusses how our industry must find a way to achieve true price discovery in our cattle markets if we want to avoid vertical integration.
AUDIO: Nebraska cattle rancher Karina Jones, “We have to become our own lobbyists and call out the corruption.”
Karina Jones discusses how lawmakers in Washington D.C. are too far removed from what is truly going on within the cattle industry. She believes that every producer needs to get involved and go after those big asks in hopes of saving our industry.
AUDIO: Jay Nordhausen, Co-owner of Ogallala Livestock Auction Market discusses market outlook for 2021
Jay Nordhausen shares his thoughts on how the pandemic and drought have impacted the cull cow market. He also touches on what producers should expect with the bred female market throughout the rest of the year and into 2021.