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.”
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.
In this joint conversation, Austin Snedden and Carson Jorgensen discuss how agriculture will be impacted by a democratic administration, the push to do away with CAFOs, the importance of those in agriculture telling their story and various other issues facing agriculture today.
Steve Stratford explains how the beef checkoff worked for the whole industry when it was first implemented, but today producers are seeing very little benefit from the program while packer’s margins have increased to exorbitant amounts.
VIDEO: Attorney Harriet Hageman, “The reality is that the U.S. beef and cattle industry is the safest in the world, we’re importing our problems.”
Harriet Hageman discusses how the cattle industry is facing a monopolistic situation with the four big beef packers. She feels that this fundamental problem must be addressed in order to avoid vertical integration.
VIDEO: Trey Wasserburger, “The DOJ’s investigation into the big four beef packers is the industry’s only hope.”
Trey Wasserburger discusses how the industry needs to come together and get behind the DOJ investigation, as it is our only hope to save the industry. He also talks about Agri Stats, Inc., a data-sharing firm that has blatantly exhibited collusion in both the chicken and hog industries.