Cow-Calf Producers Have Been On The Defensive

Cow-Calf Producers Have Been On The Defensive

Derrell Peel source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Cow-calf producers, like most in the cattle industry, have been on the defensive for the past three years.  First buffeted by unprecedented high feed and other input costs in 2007 and early 2008, profitability remained weak as cattle prices collapsed under the weight of the recession and poor beef demand this past year.  Poor profitability stalled out the fledgling cow herd expansion that began in 2005 and by 2007 the cow herd was declining.

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