Campaign Asks Ranchers To @realDonaldTrump

Grassroots campaign urges ranchers to join Twitter. ( WLR )

Citing growing frustration with low cattle prices while beef packers reap large profits, a grassroots campaign was announced this week seeking the support of President Donald Trump. The campaign is scheduled to begin Sept. 23, 2019.

The Western Ag Reporter, Billings, MT, announced a Twitter campaign aimed at President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account asking for his assistance in “rebalancing the cattle markets.”

In an editorial published by Western Ag Reporter, Joe Goggins, general manager of Public Auction Yards (PAYS), Billing MT, urged cattle producers to join Twitter and send President Trump a message.

“What the packers have done since the Tyson plant fi­re in my mind is criminal,” Goggins wrote. “You can call it unjust enrichment, pillaging, unfair business practices, whatever… I call it criminal.”

Goggins said his efforts to carry that message to Washington, D.C., garnered little response. However, he was told possibly the most effective way to reach the president was via Twitter.

“You have got to do it,” Goggins wrote, urging readers to set up a Twitter account. In a news release, Western Ag Reporter editors included instructions for setting up an account, and examples of tweets to send to @realDonaldTrump. The release urged the use of the hashtag, #FairCattleMarkets. (Instructions for setting up Twitter.) The release provided suggested Tweet examples.

Goggins noted that while cow-calf producers and cattle feeders own cattle from four months to a year or longer, accepting the risk and fighting the elements, packers only own the cattle for a few days and are making in excess of $250 per head.

“There is something really wrong with that picture,” Goggins wrote. “I’m not saying the packer doesn’t deserve to make good money. I am saying they don’t deserve to make $12.5 million per day at the cost of the cow-calf producer and independent cattle feeder.”

Western Ag Reporter, circ. 13,000, was founded in 1941 has been owned by the Goggins family since 1961. The current publisher is John Goggins.

Submitted by bob on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 07:47

Send ICE to visit a few slaughter houses.

Submitted by Danny Evans on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:27

I agree. If the POTUS wants to stifle illegal immigration, send ICE to not only meat packing plants, but to many other plants, hotels, and businesses. Jobs are what illegals come here for. Stop the jobs, prosecute the employers and you don't need a wall. Was recently in Garden City, Ks. and it's no secret why the huge Hispanic population is there.

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Submitted by Chet on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:37

I agree with Bob. Send ICE to ALL the slaughterhouses.

If some of you haven't figured this out yet, what do we have four or five major packers? They buy the bulk of all market cattle. And they are all in bed with the globalists who support all of the "anti-beef" agendas.

It is no question that the globalists are trying to drive every cattle producer and feedlot into bankruptcy. Once they can accomplish that, they can then buy up, hell, if they bankrupt all the cattle producers they can just TAKE your land.

And then they can control the business from start to finish. I don't have an answer. The processors are criminals working with criminal globalists to create a One World Government. Maybe if the majority of cattle producers formed co-ops to process their own beef, we could break the price hold the packers have.

Submitted by rick on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:20

Trump help cattle producers? Good luck with that. Look at how trump has treated grain farmers, knifed them in the back on ethanol and more or less permanently destroyed the bean market.

Submitted by Sharon Karpinski on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:16

Don't bother sending a tweet to Donald J and Assc. Save your money too. He figures you'll vote for him no matter what happens to your income in his trade war. Prove him wrong. Don't re-elect him.

Submitted by Greg on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:56

this has been an ongoing deal for years.cattle prices have stayed the same while costs of equipment and other needs to run a cattle operation have risen to the point where making a dollar is gone.we need to get our representatives in congress to see our side or send them will take every cow calf and feed lot producer to work together to get this done.