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The inventory of all cattle and calves was 89.8 million head on Jan. 1, 2015, up 1.4 percent from one year ago but, except for last year, still the smallest total herd inventory since 1952.

The 2014 calf crop was up 0.5 percent from 2013 at 33.9 million head. The 2014 calf crop percentage (calf crop as a percent of all cows) was 88.5 percent, the highest percentage since 2006.

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Drought continues in the Southern Plains and Southwestern U.S., although its intensity has abated somewhat. The U.S. Drought Monitor at year’s end showed an improved situation for cattle country compared with the previous month.

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The inventory of all cattle and calves was at 89.8 million head on Jan. 1, 2015, up 1.4 percent from one year ago but, except for last year, still the smallest total herd inventory since 1952.

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The price of oil isn’t just providing some relief to American drivers. Even in countries where filling up the tank is not a regular expense, cheaper oil and gas could throw some savings to those nations’ buying power. With that extra cash, the expectation is to buy more U.S. beef.

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The U.S. beef cattle industry experienced its first cattle inventory increase since 2007 this month, as the USDA cattle count showed the number of cattle and calves at 89.8 million head, a 1 percent increase over Jan. 1, 2014.

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