As meat packaging plants halt production across US, the OCA wants to help local ranchers sell their stock

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association announced they will be compiling a list of ranchers and farmers who already do, or will soon begin, selling beef directly to the consumer as many processing and packaging plants across the country are seeing a halt in production. 

“We have not seen any critical supply shortage yet,” Bill Kamp, co-owner of Bill Kamp’s Meat Market, told KFOR. 

However, Kamp said they are anticipating one. They’ve seen the beginning stages of a meat shortage this week. 

“There was only one item I could not source from my normal vendor and I was able to source it somewhere else. But that, going forward, that might prove to be impossible,” he said. “I just talked to one of our primary vendors, and he said especially with pork, we can expect to see shortages next week.”

The problem is due to COVID-19, sick workers at meat packaging and processing plants are staying home. That has slowed down or halted production at some of the country’s largest plants. 

“It’s just a day to day, week to week situation,” Kamp said. 

Officials with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association told KFOR since the product is still plentiful and it’s simply a production issue, they’re now working on a list of ranchers and farmers that already do, or will soon begin, selling beef directly to stores and restaurants. 

“This practice has been going on for quite some time, a long time. But it’s really becoming more and more known to the public,” Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, said. “We’re getting more and more folks who want to start doing this. So, we anticipate over time, this list is going to grow and that’s a great thing for local beef producers. It’s a great thing for consumers. We’re just really excited about it.”

Oklahoma Cattlemen Association beef sales direct to consumer website

Here is a list from the Oklahoma Cattleman Assocation.

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