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The business of cattle production in Hawaii

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A cow/calf operator from Hawaii says it’s more cost effective to export calves to the mainland to be finished and processed.

Orion Stevens, herd manager for the Ponoholo Ranch says the operation uses multiple avenues to get cattle from Hawaii to the mainland. “Using 40-foot ‘cowtainers’ that’s been split into 4 compartments and usually holds about 40,000 pounds per container,” he says. “So roughly at 5 weights, about 60 to 75 head. We also use a plane from Pacific Airlift and that could be up to 100,000 lbs.”

He tells Brownfield there are some advantages – for example.

The business of cattle production in Hawaii

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