Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-8-2015

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Animal Science

Volume

93

Issue

9

First Page or Article ID Number

4227

Last Page

4234

DOI

10.2527/jas2014-8473

Abstract

Significant attention perpetually surrounds possible changes in breeding herd inventories in the U.S. beef cattle industry. This article outlines economic considerations of U.S. herd expansion. Factors restricting expansion include land availability, increasing production efficiency, operator demographics, capital requirements, and commodity price volatility. Several offsetting factors support herd expansion including unprecedented cow–calf returns, ongoing global beef demand growth, and timing within the current cattle cycle. In addition to these industry-wide factors, several important variations in individual ranch considerations are outlined. The authors’ expectations on future herd dynamics are provided, highlighting broader implications for individual operations, industry leaders, and the entire beef-cattle supply chain. The substantial economic impact and importance of the cow–calf sector warrants broader appreciation of these economic factors impacting herd expansion. The future size of the U.S. cattle industry is determined by the individual decisions of over 70,000 cattle owners, making this issue worthy of review by all industry stakeholders.

Comments

This article is from Journal of Animal Science 93 (2015): 4227, doi: 10.2527/jas2014-8473. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Animal Science

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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