NEWS
Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Jan 18, 2013 05:07 PM CST

While the specifics of Cargill's decision this week to close its beef processing plant in Plainview, Texas, took the market by bearish surprise, no one who has been paying attention to the dwindling size of the cow herd over the last decade or so can truly describe the plug-pulling as "unexpected."

Since the turn of the century, the beef factory has been remodeled to accommodate 4.2 million fewer mama cows. Accordingly, annual calf crop size has faltered from 38.6 million head to 34.5 million.

Although this relentless downsizing in cattle numbers naturally required fewer infrastructures to ultimately deliver steaks and ...

Quick View
  • The New Dicamba At an event exhibiting the company's soon-to-arrive Dicamba-tolerant soybean trait, Monsanto repr...
  • Rates Too Low Too Long Discounted interest rates have led to unintended consequences in land values, a shortage of funds...
  • Center Pivots Take a Beating Severe storms in mid-June have damaged hundreds of center pivot irrigation systems in Nebraska al...
  • "Easy Money Times Over" Feeding the world population won't be as hard as expected over the next decade some experts forec...
  • A Hunger for High-Tech The Gruhlkey brothers of Wildorado, Texas, are using technology and thoughtful cropping choices t...
  • Clearing the Air EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a group of agribusiness representatives that her agency want...
  • No More Outlaw Vets Veterinarians can start breathing a little easier now when they go to work, without the fear that...
  • Ask the Vet My vet diagnosed anaplaz and I've never heard of that.
Related News Stories
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN's Livestock Quick Takes
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
Ask The Vet
Plan to Cull
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments