USDA: Variety of Conditions Push Cows to Market

July 17, 2008 07:00 PM

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USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS), in their latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook, says rising fuel and feed costs, as well as dry conditions in key grazing areas, ha resulted in extensive beef cow slaughter over the last year.

ERS says despite a spotty reprieve in early July, dry conditions are generally spreading over wider areas in the Southern Plains and are spreading over a wider area in the Southeastern United States. The areas in the best condition — the Central Plains and areas in the Central and Northern Rocky Mountains — are those between the dry areas and the flooded areas of the Midwest.

U.S. commercial cow slaughter also includes a significant share of Canadian cows, averaging about 3,700 head per week since the first week of 2008 through June 26th. Meanwhile, the domestic beef cow contribution to U.S. Federally Inspected cow slaughter appears to be declining in recent weeks, they state.

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