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R-CALF USA Ready to Debate Cattle Issues

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:59:20 CDT

R-CALF USA Ready to Debate Cattle Issues R-CALF USA has accepted an invitation to debate the current state of competition in the U.S. cattle and beef industries. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard says his organization has long maintained that the high level of concentration in the U.S. cattle market enables beef packers to exert buying power that distorts the market - thus enabling them to exploit both cattle producers and consumers. He says the group believes the current level of industry concentration and the exercise of related buying power continues to cause the exodus of more than 10-thousand cattle producers annually.


Other organizations receiving invitations to debate the issues are the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the American Meat Institute and the National Meat Association. Bullard says the other industry representatives invited hold very different views regarding both the effects of concentration and of buying power.

   

 

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