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Sat Aug 4, 2012, 08:32 AM

10. This article was written before this years drought. Farmers are further reducing their herds

because the pastures are dried up and there is no hay left to feed. This is the worst drought to hit the midwest since the 50's.

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Cattle-numbers-lowest-since-1952-138223369.html

The numbers in the USDA’s January 1 cattle-inventory report, released on January 27, suggest continued short supplies and high prices for calves and feeder cattle. The report also hints, however, that the trend toward herd reduction could be starting to turn around.
The report shows all cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2012 totaled 90.8 million head, 2 percent below the 92.7 million on January 1, 2011. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since 1952, when USDA recorded a total of 88.1 million head.
All cows and heifers that have calved were down by 2 percent from a year ago, while beef cows were down by 3 percent.
The drought and forage shortage across much of the south pushed large numbers of calves into feedyards rather than winter grazing programs. As a result, the total for calves under 500 pounds and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.7 million head, down 4 percent. The number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter, at 14.1 million head, was up 1 percent from a year ago.

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