3-year drought would push US livestock inventory to a low not seen in 72 years

After three consecutive droughts caused by La Niña, the United States would have the lowest herd since 1951-52, at about 87.7 million cattle. Consequently, after a 2022 with record production, the amount of tons of meat obtained in 2023 would fall between 400 and 500 thousand tons.

At the annual meeting of the American Farm Board Federation (AFBF for its acronym in English), economist Bernt Nelson , quoted by Michigan Faarm News, assured that the shortage of pasture and feed resulted in a significant liquidation of the herd in the last three years.

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