If the last five years are any indication of the next five, there’s going to be a slow transition moving more cattle into Nebraska feedlots than the current number one state of Texas.

The prediction is forecasted by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team who identifies proximity to beef processing plants and corn stockpiles in Nebraska as key factors of the shift.

The recent years of drought have also forced cattle to move north in search of greener pastures prior to moving into feedlots. Once the cattle have been transported north, it’s saves on transportation costs to move them to a closer feedlot in Kansas or Nebraska.

Kate Brooks, one of the study authors and an extension livestock marketing specialist, told the Lincoln Journal Star the corn and distillers’ byproducts from the ethanol plants in Nebraska provide ample feed for the feedlots.

The report provides information and insight for industry stakeholders, policy makers and Nebraska on track to be the new #1 cattle feeding stateresearchers. According to a release, Nebraska currently ranks first in commercial cattle slaughter, second in cattle and calves receipts, third in meat production and fourth in all livestock and products cash receipts and beef cows.

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