There could be fewer female cattle numbers next year

Officials with Oklahoma State University say they are expecting a sharp decline in female cattle numbers starting next year.

Frequent Market Day Report Guest Derrell Peel says more than 50 percent of total cattle slaughter this year were female, which is something we have not seen since the 1980s.

“We have not had female slaughter represent more than 50% of cattle slaughter since about 1986. So it’s just one more way to see that we really are cutting into our factory if you will in terms of, you know, the herd of breeding animals and potential breeding,” says Peel.

He says he believes the replacement heifer number will also be significantly decreased.


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