Cattle Industry Waits for Third Quarter Numbers From 75% Plan


Oklahoma Farm Report

05 Oct 2021


In August of 2020, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Live Cattle Marketing committee came together to create the 75% Plan. The goal of the plan is to increase negotiated cash trade and tests whether the beef industry can resolve the issue of low volumes of negotiated cash trade in a voluntary, industry-led manner instead of through government mandates.


Two quarters of the 75% Plan’s first year are already in the books and the third quarter wrapped up with the end of September. Now, industry professionals are waiting to see what the third-quarter numbers will show. NCBA officials indicate that it will take some time to pull the third quarter data together with the addition of the packer data that is being compiled and analyzed by Dr. Stephen Koontz.


Tanner Beymer, director of Government Affairs and Market Regulatory Policy at the NCBA, gives Radio Oklahoma’s own Ron Hays a little more detail about the plan, including the producer side and the packer side of the agreement.


“It’s called the 75% Plan because we look at the existing research that shows the number of cattle that must be traded on a negotiated basis per region to have robust price discovery,” Beymer said. “Given that we need to make substantial progress to get to that robust number, we wanted to start with some realistic benchmarks, so we (decided to aim for) 75%.”


Those numbers are then evaluated through two different lenses: the producer side and the packer participation from the procurement side, Beymer said.


According to Beymer...


more, including audio interview [5:41 min.]