Rain gives cattle prices a strong outlook to start the year


By: Landon McBride, KFDX/KJTL/TexomasHomepage.com (TX)

Feb 06, 2019


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - With the winter mostly over cattle ranchers are starting to gauge what they can expect from their herds this year.


There are certain cattle that are selling better than others at this time and some of the cattle look a little thin right now, but because of the amount of rain the area has gotten over the last few months, most ranchers expect this year to be a pretty good year for cattle sales.


JJ Mayo has about 220 head of cattle. He had a few small issues coming out of winter but he is optimistic about this year.


"There's a good many thin cows still. Just waiting for it to green up," Mayo said. "We had such a dry start to last year and been dry for 6 months. When we finally did start getting rain, it came all at one time and it wasn't enough time to really grow some grass and help them

get flesh back up before the winter hit."


All of the rain will be beneficial in the long run, but it is also partly responsible for some of the cattle being so thin.


"It made for a tough winter," Wichita Livestock Sales Co. owner Billy Easter said. "It's a lot tougher to operate when you wading in that mud and you can't see your cattle. "Y'all may have seen some of these thing cows today. You can't get to them to feed them. You finally get in there and the cattle have gotten a little thin through the winter because they haven't been able to supplement them."


The prices of beef remain reasonable despite the thin cattle.


"They've had a lot of problems getting the cattle ready to kill, get them fat," Easter said...