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See How the Angus Link Program Puts Money Back into Your Pocket
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:49:37 CST
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There is nothing like the changing of the New Year to invigorate hope and help spirits rise. Mark McCully, CEO of the American Angus Association, told the Oklahoma Farm Report’s Ron Hays that he is not lacking in the positivity department. Often looking at the glass half-full, he said he cannot predict how 2022 will treat beef cattle producers, but he has a feeling that it will be a successful year despite looming challenges.
“I am incredibly optimistic - I have been through all of this,” McCully said. “I see some pretty good times in the (future) cattle market. Now, we have a lot of inflation coming on the cost side of things, so we always have to keep that in mind.”
He said although inflation will surely play a role in the prosperity of the beef cattle industry this year, he cannot help but be excited about beef’s high demand.
“I would like to think we are getting through the worst of the pandemic,” McCully said. “We are starting to figure out that it is what it is, and we are going to continue on.”
As the global supply chain recovers, McCully said producers have an opportunity to use the tools available today, like genetic data, to put themselves in a position to take advantage of booming beef demand.
“Our program is called Angus Link, which is a feeder-calf marketing program (that allows) a commercial (producer) who is using registered Angus bulls to capture the value of that (genetic) investment,” McCully said. “Angus Link allows them to document those genetics, document the value in those calves and provides more exposure when they get ready to sell.”
Participants of the program have seen calves bring $8 to $9 per 100 pounds premium simply for being Angus sired, according to McCully.
“(Those) are some very real dollars that the program is putting right back into commercial cattlemens’ pockets,” McCully said.
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