OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel Advises Cattle Producers How to Prepare for 2012Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:43:48 CST
The drought and extreme weather of 2011 added on a lot of additional pressure to cattle producers in the state of Oklahoma. With a lot of cattle liquidation and even some uncertainty, cattle producers are beginning to prepare for the 2012 year. Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist, offers some advice.
Peel says that obviously, producers need to keep watching the drought conditions, particularly into next spring, to see if it is going to allow producers to operate a little more normally when it comes to forage production. However, Dr. Peel adds that there are a few things that are generally going to be true in 2012.
The first is that prices are going to generally be good, certainly for any kind of feeder cattle, whether it is light weight calves or heavier weight feeder cattle says Peel. The other general factor says Peel is the fact that even with these high priced feeder cattle, there is a good opportunity for some decent value of gain for stocker producers.
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