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    Drought Cattle sales skyrocket
    2011 Drought: Cattle Sales Skyrocket
    Posted: Jul 21, 2011 12:50 AM EDT Updated: Jul 21, 2011 1:00 AM EDT

    The 2011 Drought is putting cattle producers in a tough spot. Many of them do not have enough grazing or water to keep animals alive. Record numbers of producers are selling-off to cut losses. The spike is causing the auction at Wichita Livestock Sales to be at capacity and run through the night.

    That spike in sales means there is plenty to choose from, if ranchers are willing to take a risk and buy. "You've got to think pretty hard whether you want to make a move or not," said Texoma Cattle Dealer Warren Reid.

    Reid weighed his options and decided to purchase 30-40 feeder cattle. "I've got a little grass and I've got some good water, so I'm not in as bad a shape as some of these guys are," he said.

    Still, the long-term effects of the drought have yet to be seen. Reid knows he is taking a risk. "When you look down the road at this thing and you wonder how far it could go and how bad it could get you wonder if you want to take that gamble but I've been in the cattle business my whole life, so I've been gambling my whole life," he said.

    With sales up, Reid and others can afford to be choosy. He knows what he's looking for. "I'm looking for the better end of the cows and we're beginning to see the better end of those cows sell. These guys have held on and held on they've called all their old cows and their non producers and now they're having to get down into the real heart of their herd," said Reid.

    Reid loves the cattle business, and he worries about the long-term ramifications of this season. "The average age of the cow herd owner in the United States is 59 years old. I'm afraid that some of these guys that get out may not come back," said Reid.

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    Black Blade: Good new - bad news. Good news is that meat prices will fall in the short to intermediate term and you can probably get a good deal on cattle if you want to raise some livestock as part of a self-sufficiency plan. Bad news is longer term that after the culling stops, we shall see steadily rising prices for livestock and huge consolidation in the livestock industry - possibly leading to large scale industrial farming/ranching dominated by a handful of operators.
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    What are the poor ole cows to do?

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    No only cattle is the heat hurting, but million's of chickens & turkeys are dying due to the
    extreme temps. Food prices ( meat poultry ) might get a 25% bump by late next summer according to a friend of mine who is a farmer. He's getting free calf's at the auctions because no one will bid on them.
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    I just sold four last week. No grass, and round bales are at $75 each in East Texas.

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    We have bales rotting here in South Dakota. Too much feed, not enough cattle. The spring cutting is awesome, the hay far outstrips the cattle consumption locally.
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    Florida is a major cattle state. Meat prices are crazy high. Someone is making money. Probably not the poor farmers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4thIDvet View Post
    Florida is a major cattle state. Meat prices are crazy high. Someone is making money. Probably not the poor farmers.
    I don't know what they are bring everywhere else, but a guy at work sold 3 today, 1 @ $1.93/ lb., 1 @ $1.92/ lb., 1 @ $1.84/ lb.
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