MULLEN, Neb. – Nebraska affiliate Cattlemen Sandhills hosted their annual summer outing at Dismal River Golf Club on June 21st.
“This is one of our annual events that we organize. Sixty golfers, the most we have ever had, enjoyed a great day of golf. The DRGC provided the excellent beef meal to the 90 people who came that night, ”said Kelly Kennedy, Purdum, NCSA Treasurer.
John Kraye, Mullen, President of the Local Cattlemen’s Branch welcomed everyone. Besides Kraye and Kennedy, the other NCSA board members are Frank Utter, Eric Schipporeit and Dan Wacher, Brewster, Stefani Niesen, Purdum, Troy Saner, Adam Zutavern, Dunning and Miles Mundorf, Mullen. Kraye then thanked the sponsors of the day’s events – Western Nebraska Bank, Agri Affiliates, Harsh Mercantile, and Al and Sallie Atkins, Halsey.
Before dinner, Katie Tangen, Marketing Education Specialist at Ag Country of Farm Credit Services, spoke about cattle market updates. She’s from Fargo, North Dakota. “In North Dakota, we are experiencing a severe drought. Our governor predicts by December, 50% of our number of cows will be gone. A sales barn at this time last year had 10 pairs sold, this year 1,200 pairs were sold. One of its most powerful slides was the list of farm products and their price change over the past few years. At the bottom, feeder cattle experienced a negative variation of 0.63% while live cattle experienced a variation of over 8.06%. Three wheat market locations saw an increase of 26.72-39.5%, while corn saw a positive change of 65.87%, soybeans 73.42% and soybean oil saw a positive change of 65.87%. a huge positive change of 148.80%.
Following Tangen’s presentation, Brenda Masek, who will become president of the Nebraska Cattlemen at their convention in December in Kearney, spoke about the events with NC. She brought to light for those who did not know, a petition circulating to stop the Beef Check-Off. “Some may think this petition is for change, but it is to abolish the levy. If you think the harvest needs improvement and have any ideas, please let the Nebraska Beef Council know. She implored the importance of the levy – helping with marketing and promotion at home and abroad, researching and educating consumers are just a few facets of the $ 1 per capita investment producers are making. when they sell their cattle. Frank Utter then briefed the group on the proposed feeder calf tour that the NCSA and Sandhills Cattle Association are planning. “It will be a two-day business, based in Thedford. On the first day we hope to see calves in the Mullen – Thedford area, then we will go east or north the next day. He encouraged producers in the area to contact him or John Kraye if they would like to show their animals to feedlot staff.
NEW BEEF PROCESSING PLANT
The ANRC was very happy with the turnout, probably in part because of the last presentation of the evening. David Briggs, CEO of the new Sustainable Beef LLC, a cattle processing plant in North Platte. The idea came after Rusty Kemp, the Tryon breeder was with Governor Pete Ricketts on a trade mission. They discussed the need to increase beef processing in Nebraska. Kemp returned and got the ball rolling, finding other investors and enthusiasts. Briggs went on to explain, “We have been to the communities of Panhandle and received a negative reception. We went to North Platte which gave us a very favorable response. We believe the three Cs come together in North Platte – that of a central Nebraska town and on the Sandhills, the world’s best beef producing area, which is second C for cattle – Nebraska is second. in cattle on feed with more than 2.4 million head fed each year. The final C is capital, where producers can invest in the property.
He then described the proposed plant. “The location is close to ideal, already in a heavy industrial area. It is close to exit 179 from I-80. It will cover 80 acres, which was the old sewage plant, so the land will have to be raised. It’s next to the sewage treatment plant, which is crucial as it takes between 400 and 600 gallons of water per head to be treated. The estimated cost of the plant is $ 325 million, with an additional $ 75-100 million needed for wages, maintenance and the like. Employee estimates are 875, including 800 upstairs. “Only one shift at this point is scheduled, with the average worker salary being $ 50,000 per year or $ 50 million for the total payroll per year. North Platte could see $ 1 billion in economic benefits per year. The plant is subject to TIF (Tax Increment Financing). To date, the proposal has been submitted to city council and received its support, but further hearings will be required. “We hope to innovate this fall and be complete by 2023.” The plant hopes to process 400,000 head per year, including cull cows where they will process their own burger at the plant. Briggs answered further questions after his formal presentation ended. “Investors will pay $ 100 per head and guarantee at least one tractor-trailer load per month. Small producers can collaborate, one producer has the contract, but if they can guarantee a semi load for four to five months of the year, it can be a way for them to get rid of their cull cows every year and to be part of Sustainable Beef LLC.