Western Feedlots is shutting down. The Southern Alberta based cattle feeding operation, in business since 1958 with a standing capacity for 100,000 head of cattle, will be laying off their entire staff of 85 and dispersing their remaining herd in early 2017.
Like so many companies, Western Feedlots is laying the blame for their decision to shut down squarely with the NDP. President and CEO Dave Plett told the Calgary Herald that layering on of policy on agribusiness through government measures such as Bill 6 and the carbon tax have contributed to the company’s decision to close operations.
Just like in oil and gas, the farmers and feedlots are being hit with expensive new NDP imposed regulatory hurdles when their commodity price is at a 14 month low.
Watch my video to see just how bad it really is in Alberta for our beef farmers and what this massive loss in feedlot capacity will mean for related agricultural industries.
Western Feedlots managed to keep their doors open during the mad cow disease (BSE) crisis that shuttered Canadian beef out of over 40 international markets between 2003 and 2005. When the world was closed for business, Western Feedlots was able to stay afloat.
But not now. It’s Alberta that is closed for business this time.
Western Feedlots survived BSE. They just couldn’t survive the NDP.