Mike Eby, Executive Director of OCM, discusses packer concentration, beef imports, the DOJ investigation into our big four beef packers and recent comments made by NCBA claiming that OCM is a “domestic terrorist organization.”
Austin Snedden explains how the USDA has contributed to packer consolidation. He also discusses the inaccurate labeling of beef by USDA and the need for MCOOL in the cattle industry.
AUDIO: Cattle Feeder Troy Stowater explains NCBA’s voluntary framework to achieve robust price discovery
Troy Stowater explains NCBA’s voluntary framework to achieve robust price discovery and how their seventy-five percent approach is adequate enough to make the packers compete.
AUDIO: Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Exec. VP, Terry Fankhauser, “The cattle industry tends to circle the wagons and shoot inward.”
Terry Fankhauser talks about the need for the industry to put our transgressions aside so we can move forward and solve our own problems. He emphasizes the fact that we need to think of those that will come after us and those that came before us.
Mike Hollenbeck explains the push for a beef checkoff referendum in cow calf country. Not everyone who signs the petition is against the program, they just want the checkoff to be held accountable.
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.
Dustin Aherin talks about the need for additional packing capacity in the cattle industry. His recent report, “The Case for Capacity,” explains the benefits that come along with adding capacity and the consequences of not doing so.
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.
“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.
AUDIO: Fred Wacker, President of the Montana Stockgrower’s Association, explains why RFID tags could be beneficial
Fred Wacker, President of Montana Stockgrowers Association, explains how RFID tags will not only benefit producers from a traceability standpoint, but also as a marketing tool.
AUDIO: Brooke Miller, “If this continues, we’ll become dependent on multi-national and foreign companies for our food sources.”
Brooke Miller explains how packers have done an excellent job monopolizing the market. He feels that packer concentration must be addressed if the cattle industry wants to avoid vertical integration.
Corbitt Wall explains how mandatory RFID tags will cause more cattle producers to be forced from the industry. He also talks about what to expect for the calf market heading into this fall and the fat cattle market through the rest of 2020.
Jon Schaben explains how producers will pay for the government to know everything about their operations if mandatory RFID tags are implemented. He feels that this move will put the cattle industry one step closer to vertical integration.
AUDIO: Ted Baum of Elgin Livestock discusses the grim outlook for cattle markets headed into the fall
Ted Baum discusses his outlook on the markets heading into the fall. He also talks about vertical integration increasing within the cattle industry because of packer concentration.
Greg Hanes explains how the Beef Checkoff is working to increase beef demand both domestically and internationally. He also discusses what the checkoff can and can’t do to try to help the tough market situation that cattle producers are facing.
Shelly Ziesch explains how lack of competition within the processing sector is standing in the way of fair cattle markets. She believes that the beef industry needs to avoid vertical integration at all costs.
AUDIO: CEO Matt Teagarden details the concerns the Kansas Livestock Association has with the current cattle industry
Matt Teagarden explains that the main concern of Kansas Livestock Association members is to ensure effective, robust price discovery at the fed cattle level. KLA is focused on achieving this through negotiated grid transactions.
AUDIO: Rancher Tracy Hunt discusses industry threats like Foot and Mouth Disease, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Q: What do you feel are the major issues standing in the way of fair cattle markets? The biggest issue is the dominant position the packers have. If there were more marketing options, packers wouldn’t be in the position to oppress producers and depress prices....
AUDIO: Jim Magagna discusses how Wyoming Stock Growers Association is working to achieve fair cattle markets
Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, feels that the industry has moved from a position of desperation into a position of strength as we’ve seen the market rebound over the past few months. He thinks that transparency and competition within our cattle markets must be restored.
Kyle Hemmert discusses cattle industry issues such as packer concentration, the recent CFAP payments, MCOOL, and the beef checkoff program. He feels that cattle producers must get some leverage back in order to avoid vertical integration.
AUDIO: Economist Jayson Lusk, “The only thing to blame for the cause of all these issues is Covid-19.”
Jayson Lusk, Economist at Purdue University, discusses how the processing sector isn’t to blame for the unfair markets that cattle producers are facing. He also explains how a vertically integrated industry comes with trade-offs such as price stability.
AUDIO: Dave Duquette discusses the firewall insulating President Trump from issues facing our industry
Dave Duquette, President of Duquette Strategies and Founder and President of Western Justice, discusses the firewall insulating President Trump from the issues threatening the cattle industry. He feels that cattle producers must be vocal about these issues and fight for the industry.
Hank Klosterman, cattle procurement and cattle producer located near David City, NE, discusses the lack of leverage within the cattle industry. He feels that the industry is in danger of vertical integration if packer capacity isn’t addressed and the futures contract isn’t fixed to regain some leverage.
John Hansen discusses the losses cattle feeders have been dealing with for years. He feels there is plenty of evidence exhibiting illegal activity by the packer between the Holcomb fire and the price gouging that occurred during the pandemic.
Neil Sanders discusses plans for a smaller processing plant to be built near Hot Springs, SD. He explains some of the challenges and how this plant and other smaller plants will benefit the cattle industry.
AUDIO: Gary Cammack, “While we work to promote our own niche, we need to be sure not to tear down any other part of the business.”
Gary Cammack discusses how competition in our cattle markets has disappeared due to packer concentration. He also touches on the importance of promoting beef, but being sure not to tear down other parts of the industry while doing so.
AUDIO: Jacob Wingebach discusses how destructive government overreach can be for small processing plants
Jacob Wingebach discusses the need for additional smaller processing plants. He explains how government overreach has gotten in the way of Sandhills Beef Co. receiving their USDA grant of inspection.
Rachel Gabel discusses how extremists are threatening Colorado’s agriculture industry. To show your support, Rachel urges everyone to sign on to a letter that will be sent to Governor Polis requesting that vegan activist, Ellen Kessler, will have her appointment to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine retracted.
AUDIO: Rancher Dean Wang explains the repercussions of too much government control in cattle industry
Dean Wang explains the concerns of government mandates that go along with MCOOL and Senator Grassley’s 50/14 legislation.
Marty Smith, NCBA President, discusses the need for more packing capacity to increase competition in our cattle markets so small and mid-sized feeders will be able to make a profit.
Rancher Sheila Ellis feels that consumers have the right to know where their beef is born, raised, and slaughtered. Many of our products are labeled, and she believes there is no reasonable argument to single beef out.
Alan Guebert talks about beef processors holding too much market power. He feels that too many politics are being played amongst our political leaders and within our cattle organizations.
Brad Kooima discusses the details of NCBA’s increased negotiated cash trade policy that was passed last week at their summer meetings in Denver. He explains the two fed cattle policies that were brought to the table and the compromise that unfolded to pass policy unanimously.
Keith Eichler talks about the need for cattle producers to get involved with industry issues. He also discusses the benefits of the 50/14 legislation, the need for a beef checkoff referendum, and the threat of the RFID initiative.
VIDEO: Sheep rancher Carson Jorgensen discusses repercussions of JBS purchase of Mountain States Plant
Carson Jorgensen explains how the sheep industry is hanging by a thread as one of their key processing plants has been acquired by JBS who plans to halt lamb processing.
AUDIO: Jeff Brown, Manager of Riverton Livestock Auction, discusses the implications of packers having too much information at their disposal
Jeff Brown, Manager of Riverton Livestock Auction, explains the need for increased competition in our fed cattle markets. He feels that the packers have too much information at their disposal, and this has led to decreased negotiation.
Fred Berger explains how the CME cattle futures has too high of limits that cause excessive swings in the futures. The cattle industry needs to somehow come together and make changes to the CME so these big swings aren’t possible.
John Nalivka, Owner of Sterling Marketing Inc., talks about the need for the industry to not only focus on domestic consumer demand but also international demand in order to keep our trade going strong.
Brett Crosby discusses how not only packer concentration but also growing consolidation within the feedlot sector has led to lop-sided cattle markets. He explains recent packer margins, packer ownership of cattle, and the need to do away with deceptive labeling.
Vaughn Meyer discusses the need for a beef checkoff referendum and the hurdles that stand in the way of it. He also explains how captive supply has impacted our cattle markets.
Brad Kooima, Commodities Broker at Kooima Kooima Varilek Trading Inc., emphasizes the need for the industry to get on the same page and make some changes in order to give the small and medium independent cattle producers a competitive chance to compete.
Rancher Jim Felton discusses the stranglehold that the packers have on the cattle industry. He feels that our industry must find a way to make the packers compete for cattle instead of just relying on formula cattle.
South Dakota U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson feels that the cattle industry’s biggest issue lies within packer concentration. He explains how the DIRECT act will benefit both consumers and cattle producers.
VIDEO: Wade Christensen, Kimball Livestock Co-Owner, discusses the loss of profits being seen in the cattle market, aside from packers
Wade Christensen, co-owner at Kimball Livestock Exchange, explains how the power and corruption at the processing level have led to extreme market manipulation with consumers being gouged and cattle producers suffering significant losses.
VIDEO: Cattle Producers and Political Activist, Mike Callicrate, “egos need to be checked and prejudices put aside.”
Mike Callicrate, an Independent cattle producer, political activist, and business entrepreneur, explains how meatpacker power has overrun the cattle industry and caused the demise of rural America. He emphasizes the need for cooperation within our industry; egos need to be checked and prejudices put aside.
VIDEO: Rancher and agricultural activist, Curtis Martin, stresses the importance of cattle producers working together to make change
Curtis Martin, rancher and agricultural activist in North Powder, OR, discusses how the lack of competition and market transparency has led us to unfair cattle markets. He feels that vertical integration is a real threat to cattle producers and in order to preserve industry, changes must be made.
VIDEO: State Senator David Bullard speaks to need for U.S. Congress to step up, start protecting American cattle producers
Senator David Bullard (Oklahoma) explains how House Bill 2008 will impact Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. He emphasizes the need for cattle producers to have increased options selling their processed beef.
Larry Rhoden, South Dakota Lieutenant Governor and South Dakota interim Secretary of Agriculture, talks about the issue of packer concentration. He also explains that cattle producers deserve a fair market for the high quality beef they produce.
VIDEO: NCBA Policy Division Chair, Todd Wilkinson, discusses why breaking up the packers won’t solve issue; instead, more processing facilities are needed
Todd Wilkinson, NCBA Policy Chairman, SDCA Past President, talks about the need for increased shackle space within our beef processing sector. More regional packing capacity would increase negotiating power, and in turn bring competition back to our markets.
Jon Schaben, auctioneer and owner of Dunlap Livestock Auction located in Dunlap, IA, explains that cattle producers need a level playing field in order to survive. One way to accomplish this is by giving them the right to differentiate their product through MCOOL.
South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director, Jodie Anderson, talks about the importance of increasing beef demand so our industry will be able to move through this significant backlog of cattle we are facing.
Adam Johnson, Rancher in Bennett Co., South Dakota, talks about the struggles our cattle industry is facing due to beef packer concentration.
Senator Jon Tester of Montana discusses the need for increased competition in our cattle markets. He feels our industry is dangerously close to vertical integration, and changes must be to achieve fair cattle markets and save our cattle producers.
VIDEO: Daniel Karon, Attorney representing Central Grocers, discusses class action lawsuit against four big beef packers
Daniel Karon, Attorney at Karon LLC, explains the complexities of the class action lawsuit being brought against the big four packers by his client, Central Grocers. He also explains why beef demand will never go out of style.
VIDEO: Attorney Dave Domina shares a legal perspective on FCM, has been representing cattle producers since 1975
Dave Domina, Attorney and founder at Domina Law in Omaha, NE, talks about how cattle producers need to be more vocal and active when it comes to industry issues such as packer concentration, enforcing anti-trust laws, and making sure our beef checkoff dollars are used appropriately.
Being fairly new to the cattle industry, Judd Schomp, a Rancher from Martin, SD, explains the struggles of producers who are just starting out. He also touches on the effect that depressed cattle markets have on rural America.
Justin Tupper, General manager at St. Onge Livestock, discusses the importance of fair cattle markets for all those involved in our industry; cattle need to be marketed in a competitive market. He also talks about the need for unity amongst cattle producers in order to get solutions implemented.
Jackie Moore, owner of Joplin Regional Stockyards, discusses the massive number of cattle our industry needs to work through before we find some normalcy. He also talks about the lack of competition in our packing sector.
U.S. live cattle futures touch one-month low https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-livestock/livestock-u-s-live-cattle-futures-touch-one-month-low-idUSL1N2DP2E8 S. live cattle futures dropped to their lowest price in more than a month on Friday hinging on...
Tyson Foods cooperates to avoid criminal prosecution, Centeal Grocers file a class action lawsuit against beef packers, boxed beef prices steady, and an interview with Senator Jon Tester.
Bryan Hanson of Ft. Pierre Livestock discusses the need for increased price discovery in our fat cattle markets. He also shares his thoughts on MCOOL and the beef checkoff.
Senator Grassley requests findings from Tyson plant fire, USCA has concerns regarding CFAP program, packers request antitrust lawsuit be thrown out, and boxed beef continues to spiral downward.
Paycheck protection program improved for agricultural producers, processing sector recovers faster than expected, and boxed beef prices continue to fall.
Slaughter rates are increasing while wholesale meat prices decline, poultry execs plead not guilty, boxed beef prices continue to drop, and an interview with Omaha attorney, Dave Domina.
Meat-pricing probe expands to beef and pork, R-Calf lawsuit alleging packer anti-trust behavior will have a hearing today, and boxed beef prices continue their downward spiral.
Kenny Fox talks about the need to limit imports and implement MCOOL in order to restore our cattle markets. He also elaborates on packer concentration and the need for an immediate DOJ investigation.
JBS sued over alleged violation of Brazilian indigenous rights, Brazil labor prosecutors seek closure of JBS plant due to Covid-19, and boxed beef continues to plummet.
Plant-based foods continue to see strong growth, chicken industry executives indicted for price fixing, and boxed beef continues to drop like a rock.
Leo McDonnell of Columbus, MT discusses the importance of labeling our American beef. He also talks about the threat of vertical integration within the cattle industry.
The fake cash market may be over https://www.drovers.com/article/fake-cash-market-may-be-over Last week, Cargill was the only packer to continue to purchase cattle at $120. National Beef announced that all grid cattle harvested this week will have discounts...
Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska talks about how cattle producers must tell their story not only to elected officials but also to their neighbors. She also expresses the need for transparency throughout the supply chain.
NCBA talks negotiated cash trade, slaughter is increasing while major challenges remain, US ground beef up $1 billion in 2020, and boxed beef continues to slide downhill.
Steve Stratford talks about packer control, a shallow cash market, the need for beef checkoff reform, and other issues that have dealt producers a less than favorable hand.
Trade with China may suffer due to new sanctions, Covid-19 causes Iowa pork plant to close temporarily, Ibach agrees with increased negotiated cash trade, and boxed beef prices decline.
Corbitt Wall talks about the lack of competition within our cattle markets, more specifically in our fat cattle markets. He explains the need for the cattle industry to make substantial changes while we not only have America’s attention, but the worlds as well.
Marfrig and ADM unveil PlantPlus Foods, Brazil faces meat processing plant closures, boxed beef prices continue to decline, and Corbitt Wall’s thoughts concerning our cattle markets.
U.S., China trade tensions bubble over, DOJ investigates meatpacker pricing, and boxed beef prices decrease.
Lee Reichmuth talks about the need to get packing plants running to full capacity so the industry can move through this extensive backlog of cattle.
South Dakota seeks national beef checkoff referendum, processing plants continue to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks, and boxed beef prices decline.
Senator Thune speaks to the need of holding the packing industry accountable and how equilibrium within our cattle markets needs to be reached to keep producers in business.
Iowa meat lockers now eligible to sell across state lines, cattle on feed report, boxed beef update, and recent interviews.
VIDEO: Jennifer Boka discusses the importance of educating American consumers on the need for farmers and ranchers
Jennifer Boka, General Manager of NILE, discusses the need for MCOOL and the importance of educating American consumers on the need for farmers and ranchers that feed the world.
Ranchers want more than an MCOOL resolution, beef in cold storage surges, cattle slaughter one million head short, and boxed beef hovers around $400/cw.
Jess Peterson discusses the importance of the cattle industry coming together in order to make substantial changes within our cattle markets. He explains the need for the DOJ investigation to yield thorough results.
NCBA’s thoughts on beef labeling, the pork industry faces 2 million hogs backed up at the producer level, and boxed beef sees little change.
John Campbell discusses the threat of vertical integration within our cattle industry and the need to break up the monopoly which the four packers hold.
President Trump comments on imported cattle, NCBA & USCA respond to President Trump’s press conference, and boxed beef continues to decrease.
Linda Gilbert explains the importance of MCOOL and the injustice we are serving our consumers by not labeling our domestic beef. She also discusses the need for checkoff reform within the beef industry.
JBS seeks legal action with Brazilian poultry plant, beef production looks to increase in 2021, and boxed beef prices continue to correct.
VIDEO: Mathew Dierson, SDSU Professor, Risk & Business Management Specialist, discusses the economic impacts of Covid-19 on the cattle industry
Mathew Dierson, SDSU Professor/Risk & Business Management Specialist, discusses the economic impacts of Covid-19 on the cattle industry and what the future may hold for producers.
R-Calf asks Sonny Perdue to open up CRP acres, grocery store prices reach a 50-year high, and beef production increases.
Tim Pazour of Pukwana, SD discusses the financial losses that cattle producers are currently experiencing and the need for a true Department of Justice investigation to take place.
VIDEO: Bryan Reed talks about the need for change within cattle industry to avoid vertical integration
Bryan Reed, farmer feeder from Albia, IA, talks about need for significant change within our cattle industry to avoid vertical integration. He also emphasizes how important it is for cattle producers to make their voices heard during these tough times.
NCBA looks for other solutions, Tyson cuts retail beef prices, and boxed beef prices decline.
NCBA opposes Senator Grassley & Senator Tester’s 50% negotiated cash trade bill, Mexican beef imports increase, MCOOL resolution introduced, and boxed beef prices finally decrease.
Greg Arendt of Valentine Livestock discusses the price disparity between live cattle prices and cutout values within the cattle industry.
Senators Grassley & Tester introduce spot market bill, bankruptcies are on the rise, & your daily boxed beef update.
Exports to China soar, price increases & meat shortages will continue through the summer, Senator Grassley weighs in on cattle market issues, and your daily boxed beef update.
Don Schiefelbein is a seedstock and cow calf man. He knows a thing or two about working on a multigenerational operation, having done so alongside his eight brothers, his father, and five nephews in central Minnesota. He has felt the sting of terrible cattle...
Bottleneck of cattle is easing, the federal government will buy $3 billion in meat, dairy, and produce, Warren and Booker join forces to do away with factory farming, and your daily boxed beef update.
VIDEO: NDSA President Dan Rorvig says getting our country back to work is how our cattle markets will find normalcy
Dan Rorvig of McVille, ND speaks to the importance of getting our country back to work in order for our cattle markets to find some normalcy. It is vital for our cattle industry to have a food supply chain that is steady and constant.
President Trump asks the DOJ to investigate meat packers, Smithfield Foods plans to reopen in Sioux Falls, SD, Senator Deb Fischer appears on Fox News, and boxed beef climbs even higher.
Brett Kenzy, Gregory, SD rancher, discusses the importance of MCOOL and the need for independent producers to make their voices heard. He elaborates on the need for proper price discovery within our cattle markets.
USCA urges Sonny Perdue to prioritize the US beef & cattle industry, a proposed ‘fed cattle set-aside program’ is being circulated, and boxed beef continues to set records.
11 AGs request DOJ to investigate meat industry concentration, Wendy’s pulls hamburgers from their menu, and boxed beef continues to surge higher.
VIDEO: Senator Chuck Grassley expresses concerns with processing industry and effects of COVID-19 on cattle industry
“Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has allotted 19 billion dollars to help agriculture, and it’s taking way too long to get these funds to producers. We have too much red tape in Washington.”
Schuyler, NE Cargill plant halts operations, America’s beef output lower than expected, and a possible cure for Coronavirus.
Shane Kaczor, partial owner of Bassett Livestock, discusses cattle industry issues such as negotiated trade, packer consolidation, and current hardships facing rural America.
Grocery stores limit meat purchases, JBS reopens Worthington, MN plant, and boxed beef increases sharply.
Brazilian meat giants plan to cover American shortfalls, America’s food supply suffers major losses, and cattle producers bring a plant back online in Ft. Pierre, SD.
NCBA Applauds Bipartisan Senate Effort to Provide Flexibility to Livestock Haulers https://www.ncba.org/CMDocs/BeefUSA/Media/Hoeven-Bennet%20Hours%20of%20service%20letter_FINAL.pdf NCBA’s executive director, government affairs, Allison Rivera, released the following...
Tyson Foods helped create the meat crisis it warns against https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-29/tyson-foods-helped-create-the-meat-crisis-it-now-warns-against John Tyson, whose family reigns as the largest meat processor in the US, took out an ad...
R-Calf’s MCOOL Petition Gains 250k Signatures in 7 Days https://www.r-calfusa.com/ranch-groups-mandatory-country-of-origin-labeling-petition-gains-250k-signatures-in-7-days/?fbclid=IwAR1i409Tb_QUVpFYxoJRtHhbjXrsbaQDIV6MQ9vxhFCbmKXKfTgzay9bEuE Through a letter,...
Box beef is skyrocketing as the bottleneck at packers continues, though some relief may come after Trump declared packers essential to keep their doors open. Hopefully, they’ll be running at capacity soon so producers see some relief on the horizon. –ShayLe...
Boxed beef continues to sky rocket, Coteau Hills Cattlemen step up, and NCBA is on a call with the White House.
President Trump signs executive order to keep slaughter houses open, America’s hog herd has begun culling, and boxed beef continues to climb.
Minnesota Ag Department steps up, R-Calf reaches 63k signatures, and cutouts soar; futures stabilize.
https://www.facebook.com/tslivestocknews/videos/252837812761806/ Farmers should act fast to receive economic relief https://www.fb.org/podcast/farmers-should-act-fast-to-receive-federal-economic-aid Congress recently appropriated $310 billion of additional...
https://www.facebook.com/260132277408822/videos/2696464440676081/ Choice boxed beef sets record nationalbeefwire.com $311.84 Tyson Foods releases full-page ad in the New York Times cnn.com Warning people that the food supply chain is breaking. Tyson...
https://www.facebook.com/tslivestocknews/videos/713620919446179/ Boxed beef hits record levels http://www.nationalbeefwire.com Boxed beef reached $293.37 Just last week (the week of April 20th), this price increased $54.38 United States receives it’s first shipment of...