Keep Twitter Campaign Going by Tweeting @realDonaldTrump

Citing growing frustration with low cattle prices while beef packers reap large profits, a grassroots campaign was announced this week seeking the support of President Donald Trump, the Western Ag Reporter, Billings, MT, announced a Twitter campaign aimed at President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account asking for his assistance in “rebalancing the cattle markets.”

In an editorial published by Western Ag Reporter, Joe Goggins, general manager of Public Auction Yards (PAYS), Billings MT, urged cattle producers to join Twitter and send President Trump a message.

“What the packers have done since the Tyson plant fire, in my mind, is criminal,” Goggins wrote. “You can call it unjust enrichment, pillaging, unfair business practices, whatever… I call it criminal.”

The ever-widening gap between packer profit margins and producer’s price for cattle has raised concern across the countryside.

Below are four examples of “Tweets” producers could share in an effort to make the cow-calf and feeders’ voices heard.

• @realDonaldTrump rural America helped get you elected. We need help, we need some fairness and competition in our markets. Producers and feeders own and care for cattle 365 days a year and are going broke. A packer owns the cattle about a week and gets rich??? #FairCattleMarkets

• @realDonaldTrump Producers and feeders need your help! #FairCattleMarkets

• @realDonaldTrump We need an attitude adjustment for the cattle market. What the packers are doing to us as cattle producers and independent feeders is more than unfair, it is criminal. #FairCattleMarkets

It is critical that when participating in the campaign to include the hashtag, #FairCattleMarkets and tag President Trump using his official Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump.

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