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Cattle Feeding is a Sustainable Part of the Beef Market Chain- So Says Mike Thoren of JBS Five Rivers Feedlots

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 6:22:04 CST

Cattle Feeding is a Sustainable Part of the Beef Market Chain- So Says Mike Thoren of JBS Five Rivers Feedlots Mike Thoren is the President and CEO of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeders LLC- and our guest the next several days on the Beef Buzz. We are talking about where the cattle feeding business has been, where it is today and where it may be going with this key player in this segment of the beef cattle industry.


Thoren was on campus at Oklahoma State University this past week as the featured speaker of the Totusek Lectureship. Thoren has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC since the Companyís inception. From 2003 until 2005, Thoren was the President and CEO of ContiBeef LLC, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Grain Company.


Thoren says that cattle feeding is sustainable and here to stay. Higher grain prices changes the equation in many ways to the entire livestock industry, with only the beef industry able to mitigate some of those costs by putting more of the gains on feeder cattle with forage, before coming to feedlots to be finished.


We also talk about regulations- expecially those coming from EPA that could affect the beef cattle business in the coming days. You can hear these comments from Mike Thoren by going to the bottom of the page


This Beef Buzz wraps up our conversation with Mike Thoren- our earlier in the week Beef Buzz includes the Monday Beef Buzz, where Thoren talks with us about feed grain volatility and how that impacts the cattle feedlots in the southern plains and their ability to make money.


On Tuesday, we continued our visit with Mike Thoren and we talked about value added cattle and where the opportunities are. He thinks some of the more exciting chances to get more value for the beef we produce lies overseas- and we discuss the concept of source and age verification for cattle. Click here for that Beef Buzz with Mike Thoren.

On Wednesday, we we focused on value added programs-and Thoren says that the market is very efficient in determining the value of cattle going through the many different programs available to producers. Thoren adds that some programs offer more value than others. Click here for the Wednesday Beef Buzz on the efficient beef cattle marketplace.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



   
   



Ron Hays talks with Mike Thoren of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC
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