The nation's feedlots are feeding fewer cattle for the slaughter amid the economic downturn.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday
that the number of cattle and calves on feed on March 1 was down 5
percent to 11.2 million head of cattle.
Fewer cattle were going into feedlots in February as well. Those
numbers were down 3 percent from last year.
Clayton Huseman, the executive director of the feedyard division
for the Kansas Livestock Association, says many different factors
are affecting the business.
He said that drought and the economy have led to the liquidation
of herds that are not rebuilt.