Cow and heifer numbers moving to slaughter are up more than eight percent from one year ago. NDSU Extension Livestock Marketing Economist Tim Petry says a lack of grass due to drought is the reason. “Actually, beef cow slaughter is up 12.5 percent from last year and dairy cow slaughter is up about five percent. When you average the two, it’s about eight percent. Right now, close to 40 percent of the beef cow inventory is in drought. Last year, we were the epicenter of the drought up here. Thank goodness it’s rained up here. A lot of southern states are really struggling, forcing beef cows slaughter.”
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