(MAY 28, 2021) – Regarding the report being circulated on Capitol Hill by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) titled “Common Beef Market Myths and Facts“, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement:
“USCA appreciates the commitment of U.S. livestock groups to expanding the capacity of our nation’s meat processing facilities. It would be helpful if the meatpacking lobby, too, focused their attention towards that goal.
“We need proactive solutions at this time, such as research and development of markets for offal and hides, working with trade schools and colleges to recruit skilled labor into the industry, and to address the underlying challenges driving the critical labor shortage across the U.S. This document is neither proactive, nor solutions-oriented.
“USCA will continue to champion true price discovery and competition in the cattle marketplace – and support the Department of Justice in its investigation of the U.S. meatpacking sector. In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with NAMI on solutions that support a sustainable future for U.S. cattle producers.”
From the archives: On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the U.S. Senate on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled Perspectives on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors. Mr. Shane Eaton, Eaton Charolais, of Lindsay, Montana testified on behalf of the United States Cattlemen’s Association. Read his full written testimony HERE: http://bit.ly/2mc1Seo