Groups Support Separation of State Beef Councils

Letter states that nearly three-fourths of cattle producers would not have voice in checkoff governance.

Published on: Jul 8, 2010

Several groups, including R-CALF USA have signed a joint letter in support of the recent vote by the Cattlemen's Beef Board executive committee to keep the Federation of State Beef Councils separate from any policy organization, specifically the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The letter states, "We believe this recent move by this executive board may very well be a deciding factor in the survival of the Beef Checkoff and ultimately the profitability and viability of these producers."

R-CALF USA Region XII Director Joel Gill, points out that more than 97% of cattle producers belong to organizations not affiliated with NCBA, and of that amount, about 72% are exclusively represented only by their state beef councils and the Federation. According to Gill that means that 72% of the cattle producers in the country would not have an equal voice in the governance of their Checkoff program if the Federation continues under the dominance of NCBA.

Dr. Max Thornsberry, President /Region VI Director of R-CALF USA said, "We support the Checkoff and the prospects of it, but we expect some changes so our members have solid representation that they know will benefit the actual producers out there who are paying the Checkoff."