Matt Journeaux's insightful opinion piece in Beef Central definitely puts the economic case for local processing over live export. Yes, he works in the meat industry so by definition will have a conflict of interest. But....its a no brainer that LE is hurting local jobs and local economy and that the repercussions of unabated LE, especially with cattle numbers at such a low, are not going to be good for anyone. Producers need to remember that chasing that short-term dollar could hurt them severely in the long-run. History has and will repeat itself in live export.
And ...oh yes, then there are the animal welfare issues which have been present since LE began.