BeefTalk: An Increase in Beef Cows Requires Cropland

BeefTalk: An Increase in Beef Cows Requires Cropland

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity. Competition is tough, and crop production continues to dominate agriculture. So the question that often needs to be discussed is, “Just where is the forage base to expand cattle?”

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