United States Cattle Inventory and Situation

By Brenda Boetel, UW Extension Livestock Economist

On January 27, 2012, the USDA/NASS released the semi-annual Cattle report. Most information in the report was expected. Record setting drought in the Southern U.S. caused beef cow herd liquidation, fewer calves on cereal grain pasture, and more cattle in feedlots. However, record high feeder cattle prices stimulated interest in beef heifers, with replacements increasing enough in areas with good moisture conditions to cause a slight increase for the U.S.