If a cattle rancher has to warn you about the meat you're buying, you know it's not good. Due to COVID-19 and other factors, the future of America's cattle and beef industry is looking increasingly dim. Here's why you may not even be able to trust meat labeled 'Product of USA.'
Cattle Rancher Warns About the Meat You're Buying
American cattle rancher Shad Sullivan from North Texas was interviewed by host Patrick Bet-David about the future of the cattle and beef industry
Sullivan received an email from the USDA in April 2020, stating that it would help farmers to find alternative markets for their harvests, as COVID-19 caused meat processing plants to shut down
If alternative markets couldn’t be found, state veterinarians and government officials would assist with culls, or depopulation, of the animals; meanwhile, the U.S. continues to import beef from other countries
Due to the allowance of acquisitions and mergers, four companies — Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef, which is owned by Marfrig Global Foods — control 85% of the U.S. beef supply
There are now 727,906 beef farms and ranches in the U.S. In 1979, Sullivan says, there were 1.2 million to 1.3 million; he believes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one-third of the remaining beef farms and ranches in the U.S. may disappear after 2020 — maybe more