Feedlots Face Prospect of More Pen Space Than Calves to Place Into Them- Ross Wilson of TCFATue, 01 Nov 2011 20:56:13 CDT
Where are the cattle that will be going into southern plains feedlots over the next couple of years- where will they come from? That's a challenging question for the beef cattle industry in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and into southwestern Kansas- and we discussed that question and more with the President of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Ross Wilson. Wilson and his feedlot members gathered this week for the 2011 Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo. TCFA represents feedlots in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Wilson is our guest over the next few days on the Beef Buzz- and he tells us in this part one of our conversation that while feedlot profitability has not been too bad in 2011- all eyes in this part of the beef cattle business are focused longer term into 2012 and 2013- concerned about the drought and impact on the number of calves we will have here in the southern plains the next couple of years.
Wilson believes that one way feedlot operators will cope late this year and into 2012 and even 2013 is by being willing to source cattle from a bigger footprint of the country. And, the underlying worry of those in the feedlot business right now- will there be feedlots that simply are not able to keep their pens filled as supplies get tighter- and it's not out of the realm of possibility that we could lose capacity here in the southern plains because of the tightness of the cattle numbers that we will deal with the next couple of years.
Today's Beef Buzz is our part one of a conversation that we had earlier this week with Ross Wilson of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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