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Mulhall, Okla. Rancher John Pfeiffer Says Joint Task Force Studying Ways To Expand Meat Processing In Oklahoma
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:36:32 CDT
The lack of meat processing facilities in Oklahoma has become a growing concern for ranchers and consumers. Mulhall, Okla., rancher John Pfeiffer, a veteran leader of the American Angus Assoc., and other ag groups, is a member of a joint task force looking at expanding processing in Oklahoma.
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Pfeiffer recently talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Editor Sam Knipp about the work of the task force, which is a joint effort between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Cattlemenís Association.
Here in Oklahoma we can kill only 800 cattle per week, Pfeiffer. We have a lot of small custom plants but no major slaughter plants in the state.
Pfeiffer said the reason we donít have more meat processing capacity in Oklahoma is because only recently has it been where weíve seen the need for more packing plants.
There have been no economic signals justifying it until recently, Pfeiffer said.
Itís a difficult job and itís not very glamorous, just like the cattle production and oil business, Pfeiffer said. It is hard, dirty work.
The Oklahoma rancher said the task force has met through Zoom meetings to identify some problems and work on those issues.
Pfeiffer noted there may not necessarily be a need for more hook space or processing capacity, as many of the current facilities would like to expand but there is a lack of government meat inspectors.
The big push weíre going to work on in the legislative session is for more inspectors for the department of agriculture, Pfeiffer said. He said the cost of adding inspectors could be funded by a user fee possibly paid by meat consumers, not the rancher.
You have to talk about these things in order to move them forward, Pfeiffer said.
I have always been a strong believer that if we want Oklahoma agriculture to move forward, we canít wait for the government to take care of us, Pfeiffer said. I have always believed Oklahomans need to fund the things that are important to them.
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