REPORTER: U.S. Cattle Ranchers Battle Drought, Higher Feed Costs
This article was originally featured in the Fall 2021 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
The nation’s cattle feeders continue to navigate an uncertain and challenging environment in 2021. Ranchers are grappling with large supplies, persistent drought in the western half of the U.S., higher feed costs, and a sluggish cash cattle market.
Through July 20, USDA’s drought monitor reported that about 32% of the nation’s cattle inventory was located within an area experiencing drought. Due to poor pasture conditions and limited forage availability in areas of cattle country, some...
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