Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry
Sale barns like the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri are where some cow-calf operators sell their stock up the industry foodchain. (Photo by Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media)
Frank Morris and Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media
December 20, 2012 – 6:30am
Some cattle producers claim four enormous packing companies are trying to control the entire beef system. Others say cooperation between ranchers and packers improves the industry. The dispute has come to a head over what’s called the Beef Checkoff.