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OSU Economist Derrell Peel Makes the Case for Rebuilding the Mama Cow Herd

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 7:34:33 CST

OSU Economist Derrell Peel Makes the Case for Rebuilding the Mama Cow Herd Dr. Derrell Peel, Extension Livestock Market Economist has several thoughts about where we stand in the cattle business as we near the end of 2010. He wrote earlier this week that "the fact is that we cannot continue to increase or even maintain beef production if the cow herd continues to shrink. I suspect that carcass weights will show little or no upward trend in the next decade compared to the last twenty years. Thus much of the compensation for a declining inventory that was offset by increasing carcass weights in the past will not be available going forward."


We address this issue of dealing with the rebuilding the US Cow herd on today's Beef Buzz.


In his commentary at the beginning of this week- Dr. Peel concludes ""The bottom line is that it will not be possible to maintain beef production in coming years if we do not rebuild the cow herd and it is also true that we will not be able to rebuild the cow herd without reducing slaughter and beef production for at least a two to three year period. I believe that prices are approaching levels that will entice cow-calf producers into some level of herd expansion in the next couple of years. Smaller beef production will support higher beef and cattle prices. Consumers, who have for the most part not seen any impacts of this situation thus far, will experience higher beef prices in the coming years and this will provide a critical test of beef demand to see how consumers react to generally higher beef prices."


Click here for the full commentary with Dr. Peel on Rebuilding the Mama Cow Herds in this country.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   
   

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