US weekly cow slaughter hits a ten-year record, as drought wears on.

UNITED States beef cow slaughter for the week ending October 22 was the highest in more than a decade, topping 85,000 head, as the devastating drought that has plagued large parts of North America this year bites deeply into the nation’s cattle herd. The past four weeks has seen US cow slaughter about 32,000 head higher than a year ago, continuing to pressure domestic lean grinding beef prices, and dragging imported 90CL prices with it.

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