Easier access to grain and water could bring opportunities for more cow-calf and feedlot production in the
There are some challenges that cattle producers across the country face, such as lower beef demand domestically and globally, Country of Origin Labeling, cap and trade legislation, environmental policy and animal welfare issues, Lemenager explains.
However, with the latter challenge comes opportunity, Lemenager points out.
"One advantage is that our animals are in relatively close proximity," he says. "We can run a cow-calf pair on an acre or an acre and a half. If you go out west it may take 15 acres to run a cow-calf pair.
"Because the animals are within closer proximity to handling facilities, it gives us the opportunity to use newer technologies like estrous synchronization and artificial insemination. These technologies will allow producers to capitalize on the genetic potential of animals."
Another reason why Lemenager sees potential for
Lemenager acknowledges the lack of processing facilities in
Another major factor that will help the cattle industry in the
"This will force producers to think about where they can grow crops, and here in
As the demand for food increases globally, Lemenager believes that
"There are acres that we don’t want to drag a planter through," he says. "If we're going to bring them back into food production, one of the things we can do is put the land in grass and let cows harvest the grass and produce a high quality protein product."
When looking around the state at potential locations for a more intensive operation, Lemenager said producers should consider the wes