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Gradual efficiency changes and unexpected costs

Expansion is a multi-faceted question for beef producers that are in the position to do so. Expectations about future returns relative to the cost of purchasing or retaining a replacement cow or heifer are often the first question to be addressed. Included in that decision are expectations about pasture availability in the future as some areas continue to recover from drought.

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Kansas cattle on feed up 1 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.11 million cattle on feed on April 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.This inventory was up 1 percent from last year.

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