Northeast Nebraska Feedlot Dealing With COVID-19 Impacts
Producers in Nebraska are continuing to feel the impacts of COVID-19, as a feedlot in northeast Nebraska is facing a major backlog with its cattle production.
by Alex Loroff, News Channel Nebraska
May 21st 2020
RANDOLPH - Producers in Nebraska are continuing to feel the impacts of COVID-19, as a feedlot in northeast Nebraska is facing a major backlog with its cattle production.
Northeast Nebraska Feeders in Randolph is owned and operated by Doug and Cameron Korth, who say the cattle industry is facing significant processing issues, which in turn is affecting consumers.
"The consumer has had their prices skyrocket, and we've been on the other end of that slide where it's been getting cheaper for us and higher for them," Doug Korth said. "We don't want to lose the consumer, they've been good to us, I feel like we have a good product, and I don't want to lose them out of this."
"The difficulty has been trying to get the cattle moved out to the packing plants, but their capacity has slowed down, and as a result the boxed beef prices have gone through the roof, with the consumer taking the brunt of that," Cameron Korth said. "The beef supply is here, that's not the issue, it's the in-between with the slaughtering plants trying to get the finished product to the consumer, and the consumer's been gouged in that process."
The Korths believe it's going to take some time for the cattle industry to stabilize due to how backed up they and other feedlots across the state have become over the last few months.
"It's going to take a couple months I'm afraid to get through this backlog, we backed up over a million cattle in the last 30 days...
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