Cull numbers rise in drought stricken states

 

Jeff Swenson, Wisconsin State Farmer

May 3, 2021

 

The Cattle on Feed Report released on April 23 shows the challenge of comparing 2021 to 2020...

 

... The makeup of cattle in feedlots is 62 percent steers, and 38 percent heifers. The number of heifers on feed shows the beef sector isn’t in expansion mode. In addition, beef cow harvest in March was 27,000 head higher than last year.

 

Culling and liquidation in drought stricken portions of the country is underway. Last week’s estimated harvest was 665,000 head, 25,000 head more than the previous week and 195,000 head more than the same week in 2020 indicating just how challenging COVID-19 was to the cattle sector.

 

Export sales for the latest week reported were 23,600 metric tons, a fairly respectable number given it is double the sales of the same week last year.

 

Hog supplies continue to tighten ...

 

Meat stocks slow to replenish

 

Last week’s USDA Cold Storage report indicates meat stocks have been slow to replenish...

 

State markets remain steady ...

 

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