Weekly Outlook: Few surprises in USDA cattle reports

Posted 7/27/20

URBANA – The U.S. cattle herd is known to cycle through periods of expansion and contraction roughly every 10 years. High feed prices from 2007 through 2013 contributed to one of those contraction phases with beef cow numbers reaching a low in 2014, according to Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University.

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