Ranchers across the state were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and vote for or against a mandate to charge $1 per animal sold, with dollars going toward educational programs and research for area agriculture.
In Lincoln County, the N.C. Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum was voted on by four, county Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture Libby Yarber told the Times-News last week. All who voted were in favor and all but one went into the Citizen’s Center to cast their votes, while the other ballot was mailed in.
Yarber said she wasn’t surprised by the number who turned out. It’s usually in the five people or fewer ballpark, she noted, and she wasn’t shocked by how they voted either.
The piece of legislation was voted on across the state at county Cooperative Extension offices. Yarber is unsure as to how the bill did at the state-level.
If it passes, the dollars ranchers pay for their animals will go back into the local economy in the form of programs for youth, such as a beef judging contest — a type of event that is possible partially from the dollar bills their neighbors paid to sell their animals.
President of the N.C. Cattlemen’s Association Bill Cameron said in a press release last week that the mandate will help put a number on the amount of cattle being sold and marketed in North Carolina.