A cattle set-aside program is not perfect, but it's the best we've got



When the Harmony Beef plant closed for three days in late March, it was a warning of bigger problems ahead. After a couple weeks of beef slaughter plant slow-downs or closures in North America — including in Alberta, at Cargill in High River and JBS at Brooks — producers are very concerned on how the industry will deal with compounding inventory issues. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is pushing hard for the federal government to fund something similar to the past BSE-era set-aside program to encourage producers to hold cattle back when processing capacity isn’t available. The plan is not perfect,…

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