One of the many challenges that cow-calf producers have faced over the years is the concentration and consolidation in the packing segment of our business. In many regions of the country, smaller packing plants that primarily harvest cull cows and bulls have closed. These cull cows and bulls are an important part of a rancher’s marketing mix and when nearby packing plants close, it means that animals must be hauled greater distances. That cost is reflected in the bids that these animals receive at the auction market.
Producers in the Northwest, however, won’t have that problem anymore. With the announcement that CS Beef Packers is building a new state-of-the-art packing plant in Kuna, Idaho, the dynamics of the cattle market will change for the better. Here’s a video that describes the impact the plant will have on beef producers in the Northwest.
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