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
Chart of the Week
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.