Beef Cattle Industry Must Face New Reality Higher Grain PricesFri, 14 Jan 2011 4:03:48 CST
The USDA Supply Demand Report of earlier this week confirmed that we have a new reality in grain prices- higher levels than the historically "norms" and with lots of volatility. Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University says that producers have to dial in this input at these relatively newer, higher levels. As the cattle market has begun this process- the pounds of gain that can be had by grazing your animals has become more valuable- and that raises the importance of the stocker cattle segment of the beef cattle pipeline.
We discuss that importance on today's Beef Buzz.
In addition, higher cattle prices that have come from the tight inventory in our US cattle herd will, at some point, encourage producers to hold back heifers and keep older cows for an extra cycle or two in order to rebuild the cattle herd. Dr. Tonsor is not certain if we have reached that point or not- but has confidence that the market signals will help work this process out.
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