During the second quarter, beef cow slaughter totaled 891,000 head. That’s 17 percent higher than one year ago and 12 percent higher than 2019. The biggest increase was seen in the Texas/Oklahoma area. In the region that includes North Dakota and South Dakota, the total number of beef cows going to market was just shy of 80,000 head. Surprisingly, that’s eight percent lower than 2019. Analysts said beef cow slaughter could increase in this region if the drought persists.
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