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Kansas feedlot numbers down to 1999 levels

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, June 20, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.

The cattle herd continues to shrink, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

There were 2.02 million cattle on feed in large Kansas feedlots as of June 1, down 2 percent from the same time last year, and the lowest number since 1999.

435,000 head were placed by ranchers in the feedlots, up 1 percent from 2013.

Sale of the cattle by feedlots to packing plants during May totaled 400,000 head, down 2 percent from last year.

A drought in recent years has reduced the quality of pastures, hay and farm ponds, raising the cost of keeping cattle.

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