Recession contributes to reduction in number of operations

Recession contributes to reduction in number of operations

TIM HEARDEN

Capital Press

A two-decade trend of livestock industry consolidation continued in 2010, according to an annual farm survey by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

However, the declines in beef, dairy, hog and other operations last year were apparently caused more by a sputtering economy than by large producers getting larger.

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