OPINION: Cattle raisers welcome executive order to keep processors open

Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to invoke the Defense Protection Act and keep beef processors open during the COVID-19 pandemic:  

“On behalf of cattle producers and beef consumers across the country, I would like to thank President Trump for his executive action to keep beef processors open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining the viability of the beef supply chain has been TSCRA’s top priority since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Though fears of a shortage were largely unfounded, rumors can be self-perpetuating and cause over-buying of a product out of panic. Today’s action by the Trump administration should go a long way toward easing consumer fear as well as prevent additional economic strain on the cattle producers who supply the beef processors.”

TSCRA is a 143-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members.

These members represent approximately 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. a doctor who has advised the governor’s strike force, Dr. Luis Ostrosky, an infectious disease specialist at McGovern Medical School at UT Health, said “With us knowing our hospital capacity, I think it is okay to give it a try, and see how safe it is to open certain levels of the economy at this point,” .

    We have plenty of room in the hospitals, so go ahead and open everything up. LOL
    Would rather not run out of meat but don’t want people to kill themselves getting meat to me.

  2. So many workers have tested positive that they cannot come to work. They cannot take people off the street to do these jobs. They have to be trained well. They have given them equipment to protect themselves too late.

    If they had continued with several small meat packing plants instead of letting the big ones run the small ones out we would be in a better situation to get cattle slaughtered and packaged for the public

  3. Why do we not hear from the employees, but only the bosses? This is like when they do an environment impact statement with corporate executives but no environmentalists.

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