N.C. livestock producers spent today at the General Assembly talking to legislators about their concerns for the state’s livestock industry. To bring attention to this industry, people at the General Assembly were treated to pork biscuits for breakfast, provided by the N.C. Pork Council. The N.C. Cattlemen’s Association originally planned to serve steak sandwiches for lunch, but instead donated the sandwiches to local victims of Saturday’s tornadoes, along with extra pork biscuits.
Legislators, staffers and other visitors were treated to Howling Cow ice cream from N.C. State University. Campfire Delight and Sandhills Peach flavors were available for tasting. Howling Cow ice cream is made by students in the Food Science Department with local dairy products.
In 2009, the hog, cattle and dairy industries combined for more than $2.3 billion in farm cash receipts — almost 30 percent of total agricultural cash receipts.