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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:20 PM

Report: Nation's Cattle Herd Smallest Since 1952

Source: Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. A much anticipated government count shows the nation's cattle herd has shrunk to its smallest size in more than six decades amid a widespread drought that has forced ranchers to sell off their animals.

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The agency says this is the lowest January cattle inventory since 1952. It does two counts per year, in January and July.

A livestock analyst says fewer cows will mean less beef and higher prices coming down the line for consumers.





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Reply Report: Nation's Cattle Herd Smallest Since 1952 (Original post)
Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
Ian David Feb 2013 #1
jberryhill Feb 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #12
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #19
villager Feb 2013 #2
Purveyor Feb 2013 #4
villager Feb 2013 #6
Purveyor Feb 2013 #13
Kolesar Feb 2013 #7
defacto7 Feb 2013 #17
SCVDem Feb 2013 #5
OmahaBlueDog Feb 2013 #10
RebelOne Feb 2013 #8
NickB79 Feb 2013 #21
Socal31 Feb 2013 #26
OmahaBlueDog Feb 2013 #9
NickB79 Feb 2013 #22
Smilo Feb 2013 #11
jwirr Feb 2013 #14
Robb Feb 2013 #15
DJ13 Feb 2013 #16
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #18
JVS Feb 2013 #20
leveymg Feb 2013 #23
FarCenter Feb 2013 #24
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #25

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:21 PM

1. Yay, tiny little cows! Oh... wait... n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:24 PM

3. They are the normal size, but they are going deaf.


That bunch of cows hasn't herd much all year!

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:18 PM

12. All a matter of perspective.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:43 AM

19. Thank you! So nice to see Father Ted again. n/t

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:21 PM

2. For the sake of the environment -- on land, and in the atmosphere -- let's keep shrinking it

n/t

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:26 PM

4. I love pork anyway... eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:38 PM

6. Though vast squads of industrially raised/slaughtered pigs do the environment little good, too

Alas.

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:41 PM

7. Try a dusting of cumin on your green beans

Just a faint amount and a bit of olive oil. That's how I roll.

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:52 PM

17. Thanks for that comment

You beat me to it!!!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:34 PM

5. Chicken

It's whats for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:03 PM

10. Flock sizes are down as well

High feed prices due to the drought. Same issue with the cattle.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:49 PM

8. I do not eat meat anyway,

but my sympathy to carnivores (NOT). So sorry you are going have less beef and higher prices. Maybe you should try going vegetarian. It will be a lot cheaper. Soon there will be less pork and chicken.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:06 AM

21. Soon there's going to be a lot less of all foods, period

Even vegetarians should brace for higher food costs in the coming years. The finite fossil fuels we rely on to run our megafarms aren't gonna get cheaper, the world shows no sign of embracing meaningful population control, the seas are running out of fish, and global warming is only going to get much, much worse in the coming years.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:16 AM

26. Sounds so.....American suburbanite.

The majority of the world has no choice but to eat other animals to survive. Vegetarianism is fine, but I see no reason to be rude to people who choose to eat meat.

Being a vegetarian and getting enough calories is certainly not cheaper, sorry. I love my fresh fruits and veggies, and unless you have a garden that can sustain you through the year, you pay a pretty penny for veggies. At least I do around here.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:03 PM

9. Combined Effects of 2012 Upper Midwest Drought and 2011 Texas Drought

Beef prices will probably increase this summer. As that happens, herd sizes should increase IF there is not another year of drought in the corn belt.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:12 AM

22. The paltry amount of snow on the ground

Says it's a good bet we will see another year of drought in the Midwest this year.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:05 PM

11. Oh Bqhatevwr............the real reason is that

fewer cows will mean less beef and higher prices coming down the line for consumers.

Allegedly tweeted by Scott Brown

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:51 PM

14. This is expected. When the corn crop is short the food prices for all animals rise until they are

no longer affordable. As I read down the thread Alternatives to cattle were mentioned but they all end up eating grains that are also short.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:09 PM

15. US beef IMPORTS were up 10%, 2012 over 2011.

Canada in particular sends us a lot of beef, which we process.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:15 PM

16. With horse being used to stretch the supply of beef........

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:44 AM

18. Yay.

Less BSE and more vegetarians may abound.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:55 AM

20. Mmmmm imported beef

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:53 PM

23. Ironic. I've never seen meat prices so high at the supermarket.

If so-called market forces were at actually at work, with prices so high, one would think the cattlemen would be expanding their herds.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:10 PM

24. Drought. You need grass to support more cattle. Sand won't do.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:58 PM

25. They can't feed them.

Most of the glut last year was farmers selling them off because of the drought. The herds are their livelihood.

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