Impact of tightening US beef supply

The effect of last year´s cow cull caused by widespread drought in the US was quiantified in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cattle inventory report released this week. It shows that the totaal US heard has dipped below 90m, down 3% to 89.3m head at 1 January 2023.

The number of cows is downs 3% to 39.4m head, due to the ongoing decline in the beef cow herd, which fell 4% to 28.9m head. The drop in US numbers is also reflected in calf births and other types of cattle on the ground.

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