Why aren’t producers expanding their cow herds?

 Resize text         Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Q: With calf and feeder prices so high, why aren’t producers expanding their cow herds?

A: The turnaround has been slow, but USDA’s January 1, 2012 Cattle report, released on January 27, shows U.S. heifer retention up 1 percent from a year ago. The ongoing drought clearly has caused continuing liquidation in the South, while ranchers in other areas have begun to rebuild. The report shows, for example, that Oklahoma replacement heifers are down by 15 percent from a year ago as of January 1, and the Texas figure is down by 10 percent.  In contrast, beef replacement heifers are up by 29 percent in Colorado, 17 percent in Iowa, 18 percent in Nebraska, 14 percent in South Dakota and 18 percent in Wyoming.

Source: USDA

Comments (0) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

AG10 Series Silage Defacers

Loosen silage while maintaining a smooth, compacted bunker space resulting in better feed and less waste. This unique tool pierces, ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Leads to Insight