Kansas beef industry losing business to foreign producers

KSN-TV

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LAKIN, Kansas– There’s a shortage in cattle production in Kansas, and it’s in part because of the drought, and less farmland.

“We’ll fix it,” said Lakin Feed Yard owner Steven Landgraf.  “We’ll overproduce, the prices will come down, and we’ll work hard,”

Since the shortage, farmers have had to change the way they operate to become more efficient so they can get more cattle in the pins and more quality product on the shelf.  Farmers say they have to use hormones and antibiotics in the feed to fatten the cattle up faster, as they rebuild the herd.

“It’s still nutritious, it still tastes good,” Landgraf said.

However, companies like Chipotle, who insist on organic meat, don’t see it that way.

So what could it mean for the Kansas beef industry if chains like Chipotle take their business elsewhere?

It turns out it may be worse for the…

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