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Published August 14, 2013, 08:52 PM

Livestock industry is in an upswing for the first time in 2 years

For the first time in about 2 years, the livestock industry is in an upswing. Beef cattle numbers across the United States have been falling since 2007 because of drought conditions that devastated pastures and drove feed crop prices sky-high.

For the first time in about 2 years, the livestock industry is in an upswing. Beef cattle numbers across the United States have been falling since 2007 because of drought conditions that devastated pastures and drove feed crop prices sky-high.

Now, our more favorable weather, is bringing more normal forage and grain production. Last year at this time, ranchers were having to auction off animals to keep up. Feed prices were at about 7 dollars. Now, they're hovering around 4 dollars.

State swine extension specialist David Newman says, "The result here is that we can provide profitability in livestock, it's a small amount, but it's still some profitability and we haven't seen profitability in quite some time."

Newman also says all of this could change, if farmers in our area don't get some much needed rain.

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