Weather conditions affecting cattle producer sentiment


Weather conditions affecting cattle producer sentiment

The sentiment of cattle producers across the country varies and a lot of it has to do with Mother Nature.

Brenda Masek, president of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and a Sandhills cattle producer says the lack of rainfall has forced her to liquidate her replacement heifers. She says it was a very difficult decision to make. “But, I’m glad I made those decisions,” she says. “We can’t get sentimental about cows, we have to get sentimental about the land we look after. That sustains us and will sustain this business.”

AUDIO: Brenda Masek, Nebraska

Bruce Mershon has a commercial beef operation east of Kansas City, Missouri. He says many brownfield producers in his state have also been affected by the drought conditions. “In the south, southwest and south central part of the state, we’ve had some pretty extreme drought problems,” he says. “People not only had to liquidate because of lack of food, but also because of lack of water for cattle to survive.”

AUDIO: Bruce Mershon, Missouri

South Dakota Cattlemen President Eric Jennings says 2021 has been a challenging year for cattle producers in his state, but recently there has been a change. “I think everyone is looking to restock their herds,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of pairs come to town, even in May. People held on to them this winter, they had some hay. Just hoping the conditions improve and when they didn’t in April until May they had to sell some pairs and everyone wanted them back now.”

AUDIO: Eric Jennings, South Dakota Weather conditions affecting cattle producer sentiment

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