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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions Picks Up Speed in Providing Value-Added Marketing Opportunities to Oklahoma Ranchers
At the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association 2023 winter policy meeting, Farm Director, KC Sheperd caught up with the Director of Operations for Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions, Sydnee Gerken, about what 2023 looks like for OPBS.

“We have just in the past week had over ten calls just to discuss and kind of get a feel for what 2023 is going to hold for the program,” Gerken said.

Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions is an entity of the OCA and is aimed at rewarding a premium to cattle producers who sell their cull cows into the program.

“We are striving to bring better prices to the Oklahoma cull cattle market to producers as well as providing local fresh beef to Oklahoma consumers,” Gerken said.

If producers are interested in becoming part of the program, Gerken said, they are required to have an OCA membership, Beef Quality Assurance certification, and a 90-day minimum ownership of the cattle (in the state of Oklahoma), which can be proven through records such as vaccine records.

“There has been lots and lots of conversation about where the program is going to go this year,” Gerken said. “One of our big goals is that the program can stand alone on itself. We have been graciously given a loan from the association (OCA) if you will, and it is time that we start looking at paying that forward and back to the association and to the producers that pay their membership.”

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