The expansion phase of the current cattle cycle appears near an end, according to USDA's July 1 cattle inventory report.
USDA's July 2018 cattle on feed estimate was the largest July 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.
By the numbers, cattle producers with summer stockers and cow-calf operations should be experiencing a bit less stress about the market this year.
As good stockmen, we know to take precautions to keep our animals from getting too hot or too stressed, but often times, we forget about taking care of ourselves.
The next generation of farmers, Generation Z, trusts the government and advice from other farmers more than their Boomer, Generation X and Millennial peers.
Prussic acid and nitrates affect cattle differently.
Cash market prices topped out for the year in February when the weekly 5-market average was $129.75 per cwt. (live basis) and prices eroded only to rebound slightly in May to $124.81.