It’s a good time to be a cattleman in Nebraska.
Nebraska Cattlemen President Chuck Folken of Leigh says all segments of the cattle industry did well in 2011.
“We’ve had a good year in the beef industry,” Folken tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News. “We’ve had good moisture in Nebraska. We’re in a good position here in Nebraska with a lot of feed. We’re able to have reasonable cost of gains, especially compared with the rest of the country.”
Nebraska Cattlemen divide their membership into four segments: cow-calf, farmer-stockman, feedlot and seedlot.
Nebraska feedlots are full. Folken says Texas producers have been shipping cattle to Nebraska as drought lingers in the southwestern United States. Folken says Nebraska farmers have also sent a lot of hay and forage to Texas.
Folken emphasizes that when beef producers do well, the entire state benefits.
“The whole resource of beef and through the processing industry and all the people that it employs, and all the food that we produce, it’s extremely important to our economy here in Nebraska,” according to Folken. “The beef industry in Nebraska is Nebraska’s single largest economic driver of our economy here.”
A record number of men and women attended the 2011 Annual Nebraska Cattlemen/Nebraska CattleWomen Convention with nearly 600 attending in Kearney.
Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News contributed to this report.