Local ranchers say production faces obstacles.
Hawaii's ranching industry is recovering from several years of crippling droughts. It still faces a number of hurdles.
Ranchers say that more than 80% of the state's calves are shipped to pastures on the mainland and that needs to change.
“We currently supply less than 10% of the beef consumed in Hawaii. A lot of our cattle are going out of state. We would like to keep more of those cattle in state,” says Alan Gottlieb, with the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council.
To raise awareness to their issues, ranchers invited state lawmakers to take a break from city life for a barbeque at Kualoa Ranch.
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