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Outlook - Livestock
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Jan 7, 2013 07:29 AM CST

DAVENPORT, Neb. (DTN) -- Lingering effects from last summer's drought will undoubtedly be the single biggest challenge for U.S. livestock producers in 2013. Even if winter and spring bring snow and rain to replenish soil moisture, the effects on feed prices and animal numbers will last into the new year.

The drought will continue to devastate the beef cattle industry in terms of decreased available forage, as about 85% of the feed used to produce finished beef is forage, according to Terry J. Klopfenstein, professor of ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Besides the drought, forage supplies have been ...

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