The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association estimates over 75 per cent of its members have had corn shipments delayed, and almost 100% have had shipments of distillers’ dried grains delayed and are either out or will soon be out.
“Several larger feedlots have indicated that they will run out of all feed in a few days,” says a recent briefing note from the ACFA. “These feedlots house anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 head so this is now a serious animal welfare issue.”
“It’s a mess,” notes Kevin Serfas, of Serfas Farms, based at Turin, Alta. “If you only bought exactly what you needed on a week-to-week basis, you are in panic mode right now. I started November 1 and probably have half my orders. I’m not sure what needs to change. Everyone just blames the prior link in the chain.”