VIDEO: Discussion with Oklahoma rancher Jerod McDaniel

VIDEO: Discussion with Oklahoma rancher Jerod McDaniel

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.”

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VIDEO: Trey Wasserburger discusses how packer concentration has led to the inability to kill cattle

VIDEO: Trey Wasserburger discusses how packer concentration has led to the inability to kill cattle

“There are a lot of undermining issues within the cattle industry, but none of that matters if we don’t figure out the concentration at the packer level.” Trey Wasserburger discusses how packer concentration has led to the inability to kill cattle, something we have never seen before. He also explains that formulas and captive supply have resulted in little to no true price discovery in the cash cattle market.

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Trump: Justice Department will investigate

Trump: Justice Department will investigate

President Trump asked the Department of Justice, on May 6, 2020 to investigate meatpacker pricing activity. “I’ve asked the Justice Department to look into it. ... I’ve asked them to take a very serious look into it, because it shouldn’t be happening that way and we...

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Investigation into Market Collapse

Investigation into Market Collapse

In an April 8 tweet, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Packers and Stockyards Administration would be investigating beef and cattle pricing activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “@USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division will be extending...

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Struggling cattle industry seeks solutions

Struggling cattle industry seeks solutions

Almost 150 members of Congress asked U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, on April 1, to help deliver subsidy assistance to cattle producers via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act recently signed by President Trump. The CARES Act provides...

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Industry considers more negotiated trade

Industry considers more negotiated trade

Livestock market analyst Corbitt Wall brought up an idea on a recent market report that has some caused some buzz in the industry. “I think the thing that we need to do is we need to set a minimum requirement for these big packers to buy negotiated cash cattle,” said...

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Brazil beef approved for shipment to US

Reuters reported Friday, Feb. 21, that the Brazilian Agriculture Minister said the United States had reopened its market for Brazilian fresh beef exports, effective immediately. Fresh beef from that country has not been allowed since June 2017 when some shipments...

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AUDIO: Interview with Gilles Stockton, cattle and sheep rancher in Grass Range, MT

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.

VIDEO: Discussion with Oklahoma rancher Jerod McDaniel

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.”

AUDIO: Montana Senator Steve Daines discusses the new U.S. administration  

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.

VIDEO: Members of R-CALF Board of Directors discuss the new Cattle Industry Long Range Plan

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.

AUDIO: Farm Broadcaster Colonel Jon Phillips discusses the large battles facing the cattle industry

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.

AUDIO: Auctioneer Quest Flesner discusses the value of MCOOL

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.

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