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Read new forecasts and indicators involving beef cattle and feed markets. Find out what factors are affecting prices.

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The federally inspected slaughter for June was strong, exceeding the three previous years. More heifers and cows were in the slaughter mix in June, causing the average carcass weight to drop below the previous month’s expectations.

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As reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor on May 4, 2021, 66% of the country was experiencing some level of drought, compared to just 31% the same week last year (see Figure 1).

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Preliminary March 2021 federally inspected slaughter volume was up by 75,000 head from a year ago, totaling 2.95 million head, due to one extra slaughter day relative to March 2020.

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The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its semiannual Cattle report on Jan. 29. The total number of cattle and calves on Jan. 1, 2021, was estimated at 93.6 million head, nearly 200,000 head lower than the previous year.

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For the final quarter of 2020, beef production was raised 15 million pounds on greater expected non-fed cattle slaughter that was partially offset by lower average cattle carcass weights. As a result, 2020 beef production is forecast at 27.2 billion pounds.

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