Agriculture

June 20, 2014

Kansas feedlot numbers down to 1999 levels

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

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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