Hustler Equipment was at the 2021 Hemphill County Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Conference

Despite the pandemic and a growing trend for plant-based meat (“fake meat”), consumer demand for beef reached record highs in 2020. However, cattle producers didn’t capture much of the margin – partly because of the bottleneck created by plant closures as a result of COVID-19.

But all is not lost! According to many specialists, this margin still exists and the prices are likely to improve in the second half of 2021 and into 2022 and 2023. Packing capacity is expected to increase slowly with the addition of more small-scale plants, and U.S. meat exports are likely to continue to grow. Overall, profitability is expected to improve significantly for cow/calf producers.

These specific topics were especially discussed last April at the 2021 Hemphill County Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Conference.

Hustler Equipment’s Business Development Manager, Lance Paskewitz, was invited by Andy Holloway, agricultural and natural resources agent for Hemphill County.

Lance has been working over a number of years with a lot of medium and large ranches across the United States, primarily with cow/calf ranches and some stocker ranches as well.

Funny enough, Lance and Andy actually connected for the first time… through Facebook! Andy was interested to know a bit more about Hustler, so Lance called Andy without “realizing who he was calling!”

Coming to this conference was for Lance the opportunity to talk to people who are looking to improve everything on their operation but need to find how to tweak these small things that all contribute to profitability.

And the main question has always been the same: How can we better utilize the forages that we have?

For all these years, Lance has witnessed farmers and ranchers working very very hard to put up the highest quality nutrition they can in the hay, the hay is harvested and baled at the ideal time, the leaves are perfectly retained… But when it comes to feeding, Lance feels like it hasn’t been given enough thought. 

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