US cattle numbers fall to third lowest on record, in aftermath of drought

HIGHLY anticipated herd size data was released by the United States Department of Agriculture overnight, confirming a dramatic decline in US cattle inventory last year due to drought liquidation. Beef Central monitored the growing impact of drought across the US throughout last year

Cattle inventory was released by USDA yesterday providing a January 1 estimate of all US cattle by class and by state breakdown. The report also allowed for revisions to last year’s numbers and provided key data to what the coming year’s cattle supplies look like.

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