Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

No Competition Can Be Terrifying

Note: The following article first published nearly twenty years ago. Finally, after this week’s Senate hearing on meatpacking abuse, we are looking at possible solutions. By Mike Callicrate August 1, 2002 The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) asked the question … Continue reading

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Has NCBA Become a Liability to the Big Meatpackers?

May 28, 2021 Since the formation of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in 1996, the big meatpackers have been invited to join NCBA and routinely gather in the same room along with NCBA’s members, leadership, and lobbyists – a … Continue reading

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Dear Secretary Vilsack – We must fix the broken cattle and beef supply chain

May 11, 2021 The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture Washington, DC Ref: AMS-Tm-21-0034: Comment on Executive Order 14017, Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities. Dear Secretary Vilsack: The Montana Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) … Continue reading

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Let’s Meat – Challenges & opportunities in small and mid-scale meat and poultry processing

“How in the world can that kind of theft go unchecked? “How is it that our Congress, that the USDA can’t see there’s a problem with the Tyson fire and the COVID disaster when the packers take that much advantage … Continue reading

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A fence can tell you a lot about an outfit.

April 1, 2010 Thirty-five years ago I learned that fences didn’t have to be new to be tight and straight, keeping our cattle in the pasture and our neighbors happy. In 2004, a jury in Montgomery, Alabama, was presented with … Continue reading

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