OMAHA, Neb. — Cattlemen from across the country are expected to meet in Omaha against unfair cattle markets. The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is planning the rally for Wednesday, October 2nd with sponsorship from over 20 agricultural groups from around the nation.
The OCM and the cattlemen who support this cause claim, “The cattle producers’ share of the retail price of beef has been as high as 70%, but today it is just 38.5%. Last week, cattle producers were losing over $200.00 per head while the monopoly meatpackers like JBS were making over $400.00.”
Producers have also been encouraged to contact government officials including President Trump and Secretary Perdue about their six demands. These demands include the stop of foreign meat from being labeled “Product of U.S.A.”, withdraw the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) until Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is included, and restoring the Packers and Stockyards Act.
You can see this all over twitter with cattlemen, like Kyle Hemmert of Oakley, tweeting about these demands.
Hey @realDonaldTrump @SecretarySonny! Cattlemen are not asking for a handout! We are asking for tools so that we can compete! Reinstate Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), enforcement of Anti-Trust rules and P & S Act 1921! #FairCattleMarkets #GetOffFence
— Kyle Hemmert (@HemmertKyle) September 23, 2019
For more information on the OCM and the rally to “Stop the Stealin’!” in Omaha visit their website, competitivemarkets.com. The hashtag, #FairCattleMarkets can be viewed on Twitter for commentary from producers around the nation.