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Consumers Will Have Plenty of Beef For Memorial Day Cookouts, Says NCBA's Colin WoodallMon, 18 May 2020 09:43:50 CDT
Consumers are going to have enough beef for their Memorial Day cookout, said Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Woodall recently spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, and his message was clear, the overall beef supply situation is quickly improving.
We are in a much more stabilized situation than a week ago, Woodall said. I do believe we will continue to see an increase in weekly harvest to help work through the backlog of fed cattle, Woodall said.
He credited President Trump’s invoking the Defense Production Act as helping stabilize the beef packing plants’ labor issues.
The NCBA executive assured consumers there is adequate supplies of beef available.
“We are producing meat every single day,” Woodall said.
You can have an empty meat case one day yet full again the next day, so if your grocery store doesn’t have the beef you’re looking for, go back tomorrow and you’ll probably find it, Woodall said.
In another encouraging sign, Woodall said there is discussion of a “fed cattle set aside” program to help producers forced to hold cattle waiting to be processed.
This program would pay feedlot operators an estimated $2.90 per head per day for keeping their market ready cattle until they can find a spot at the packing plants, Woodall said.
Woodall said this will help producers continue to keep animals healthy until they are ready.
“We don’t utilize euthanasia as a management tool,” he said. “This program will go a long way to avoid euthanasia.”
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