The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association addresses policy and industry concerns
Drought or not, feed costs are worrying beef producers.
Michigan Cattlemen’s Association President Dave Girton says Brownfield, which feeds cattle $7 worth of corn, creates a bottleneck.
“In just a year to a year and a half we’ve doubled – so for me as a farmer/feeder, getting that feed cost to match what I paid for the forage cattle and making those margins work is the biggest challenge,” he announces.
The seventh-generation grower says he was fortunate that his southern Michigan farm had adequate moisture levels. However, supply chain bottlenecks still exist for parts and even bale packaging, and the most frustrating has been delays in processing, according to Girton.
“I booked an appointment in January for next April and it was the fastest I could get,” he says.
Concerns about beef processing, as well as new government licensing rules, food safety guidelines and the fight against bovine tuberculosis were priority areas at their annual policy process on Friday.
Brownfield interviewed Girton during the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Michigan Beef Expo.
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