The cattle industry in south Texas may be bouncing back
October 12th 2020
Beef producers in one Texas county are seeing business look up again. The industry is recovering from a rough blow this year.
Early 2020 was a good time for the Starr County, Texas cattle industry, but then came COVID-19 and it suffered the fate of most industries.
"Come March and April, everything kind of went south after that, and I know that the prices on beef cattle, which is what the majority of the agriculture income here in Starr County, that's where that comes from," Omar Montemayor with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension said. "Cattle prices went down and a lot of our beef cattle producers are suffering."
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reports that weather conditions have been up and down this year as well, leading to some dark hours for cattle producers in Starr County.
"Come to the latter part of May and early June, cattle prices were low. Based on averages, if you were to have sold a calf in February, you probably would have gotten $100 dollars more for that cattle than if you would have sold sometime in June and July," Montemayor said. "So, that hundred dollars is a big difference to a lot of people. Especially if you've got eight or 10 or 15 head of cattle-- that amounts to a lot."
Now, the research shows numbers are looking up...
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