Bob Mack, a cattle feeder and cow/calf producer from Watertown, S.D., recently spoke out in favor of the proposed livestock competition rule proposed by the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
In a lobbying trip organized by the Competition Coalition – a group of livestock organizations that back the rule – he told nearly 60 congressional office staffers that the marketplace should produce winners and losers based on who does the best job and who is the most efficient, not based on decisions by just two or three meatpackers positioned to pick winners and losers by rewarding some producers and discriminating against others. Mack said USDA proposal makes sure that packers follow the rules of the market.
"All we want are fair rules for everyone and a referee," he said. "From my perspective, this rule (the GIPSA rule) makes sure the rules are followed."