Meridian Stockyard officials say the recent string of beef recalls due to E.coli across the country have not made an impact on the cattle industry in east Mississippi and west Alabama.
"This problem will occur a little further down the food chain line than we're involved in here at the stockyard, " said Jerry Nelson, stockyard manager. "The local farmer in our area will bring their calves to market and these cattle will be shipped out west to go on grass for several months. And it will be this time next year before these cattle are going to the feed lot."
All the calves sold at Meridian Stockyard are shipped west to the plains states. Nelson says it's more cost efficient to send the cattle to the grain than to ship the grain to the cattle.
And Nelson says local prices are enjoying another successful year, just as was seen during the auction Monday afternoon.
"Local prices are good, extremely good and have been," Nelson said.
"This is the 3rd year in a row now. There again, not because of this E.coli scare but possibly down the line. This meat will have to be replaced, and if anything, I hope it will help the market in the future."
Nelson said all the beef you buy at the local grocery store comes from five main packing locations across the county. It is at those plants where the E.coli threat originates and not with the local cattle farmers.