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Estimating the total economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and the beef industry requires a number of assumptions based on imperfect information. As a result, any economic impact forecast has a wide confidence interval which can only narrow as the pandemic abates and post-quarantine economic data become available.

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The 2020 beef production forecast for 2020 was raised by 240 million pounds to 27.7 billion pounds from the previous month. This increase is based on the pace of fed cattle slaughter and heavier expected cattle dressed weights.

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Spring is the time of peak forage production for most operations in the South Central region. Growing conditions range considerably across this region, but good grazing and forage management practices are key to successful cow-calf operations.

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When you think of a quality cow herd, the first things that come to mind are conception rate, docility or average weaning weight. Although these traits are important, they shouldn’t be the only measure of a great cow herd.

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Employing a planning process is a good step for beginning and established farms. If you are just starting your business, performing a strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis on your operation is a great place to start.

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