are home eating a lot of beef and it’s been good for local locker plants,” he said.

The animals the Millers don’t sell as breeding stock are “finished” and sold to packing plants. With the pandemic closing or causing plants to decrease their capacity, some beef producers are facing a dilemma of having cattle ready to sell with no place to have them processed.

For Miller, it’s not a problem now, but it could be when he tries to take his cattle to market the first part of the summer.

“Hopefully the plants will be open and doing more testing for COVID-19 and using more safety precautions. It’s all going to improve over time. In order to get some of the safety procedures in place, it might reduce the capacity of slaughter plants. The workers are going to have to be farther

Larry Miller’s farm has been in his family for 154 years and straddles the Iowa/Minnesota border. Miller has been a member of the Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association for 42 years. “Cows are still having calves. General farming doesn’t really change despite what’s happening in the world. We still have to take care of things,” he says.

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apart and if they’re working with a smaller work force, they can’t slaughter as many that day,” he said.

While the supply is available to meet consumer demand, the reduced capacity of processing plants means there are more animals


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