Livestock Economics

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Livestock Economics

BUDGETS: cow calf, backgrounding, summer grazing

LMIC: Analysis and Comments, In the Cattle Market, Livestock Monitor

MARKET REPORTS: area market reports

PRESENTATIONS: meeting presentations

LEASE PUBLICATIONS - farm and ranch

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Beef cow herd rebuilding which started in 2014, moved into high gear in 2015. After increasing over 200,000 head in 2014, the increase in 2015 amounted to over 1 million head. That was the biggest increase in 20 years. Rebuilding is expected to continue in 2016 but at a slower rate as beef replacement heifers on January 1 were up about 200,000 head compared to the over 500,000 increase a year ago.  The increasing beef cow herd will mean lower prices in the future. Price risk management strategies work better in the decreasing phase of the price cycle compared to the increasing phase.

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