A domino effect: Meatpacking plant closures

Following multiple U.S. meatpacking plant closures, livestock producers are quickly reducing herds to limit profit losses. With such a quick drop in demand, many producers have nowhere to sell their ready-for-market hogs or cattle. Some pork producers have found it most cost-effective to slaughter [...]

Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

Cattle on feed still up 4 percent as summer begins

U.S. cattle on feed totaled 11.3 million head as of July 1, reflecting the month-over-month decline expected for this time of year but up 4 percent year over year. The U.S. herd was counted at 41.9 million head as of the beginning of the [...]