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Oklahoma National Stockyards President Kelli Payne Talks Resiliency Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:36:11 CDT

Oklahoma National Stockyards President Kelli Payne Talks Resiliency Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic At last week’s Women in Agriculture and Small Business conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kelli Payne spoke about the impact she saw the Stockyards had on the agriculture industry during the Coronavirus pandemic - not only helping to keep beef on supermarket shelves, but also providing a tate of normal life to patrons of the stockyards.

As COVID-19 spread in 2020, many integral facilities shut down causing supply chains to bottle neck. Many Oklahomans may remember seeing slim pickings on supermarket shelves - from no toilet paper to little beef. Kelli Payne told Radio Oklahoma’s KC Sheperd, she is proud to say the Stockyards did more than just stay open.

“It was important for us to be a positive place for folks to come and do business,” Payne said.

Payne said the pandemic was devastating to the Stockyards City business district, but the continual operation of the stockyards meant money was coming into the district.

“The truck drivers still had to eat, our employees had to eat and someone would still need a new pair of boots,” Payne said. “It was important to see the impact of the stockyards and agriculture on a business district that is located in the heart of Oklahoma City.”

Payne added, the survival of the Stockyards City business district, including the continual operation of the stockyards is a nod to the resilience of agriculture producers far and wide.

“When we look back at all the challenges we had during the pandemic, I am really proud that we were able to keep employees healthy, buyers healthy and still be able to provide an outlet for farmers and ranchers to get top dollar for their cattle,” Payne said.

This year, the Oklahoma City National Stockyards are on track to sell about 450,000 commercial cattle, already with more cattle on the books than last year, according to Payne.

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