Beef cow and heifer slaughter rates remain high

Beef cow and heifer slaughter rates remain high

Contraction in the cattle industry is showing no signs of slowing.

University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says high beef cow and heifer slaughter rates are digging a really big hole for the cattle industry. “Down the road, I think if we ever get ourselves to where we’re thinking about rebuilding the herd, we’re going to dip even harder trying to build back,” he says. 

He tells Brownfield the slaughter rates are noticeable in two areas, Federal Region Six which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and in Region Seven, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.


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