Not only is the drought affecting beef prices, but it is also affecting where beef comes from. The drought is causing ranchers to move herds from California and Texas to Colorado and Nebraska, which has led to Nebraska beating out Texas for the top cattle feeding state in the country.
In the drought-stricken regions, herds have shrunk, which has had a negative impact not only on farmers, but also on feedlots and meat packing facilities, some of which have seen closures.
While the drought’s impact on the South has resulted in loss of cattle, the northern states are seeing an increase in cattle. States like Nebraska and Montana are seeing steady growth in the number of cattle the states are supporting.
Read more at "Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map" on Quest's website.
Audio by Grant Gerlock of Nebraska Quest.
Source: Nebraska Quest