Beef supplies limited until at least 2026

The cattle herd is expected to end the year the smallest in more than 30 years.

Matt Herrington with the ag consulting firm World Perspectives tells Brownfield that, coupled with strong beef demand, is expected to support high prices for at least another year.

“Choice beef cutouts should kind of hover right around like the $280 to $310 range is what our models are predicting right now, and fed cattle might come back a little bit but really should remain near this high level,” he shares.

Herrington says margins for feed lots and cow/calf producers should remain strong as long as feed costs stay manageable, and it could be 2026 before supplies are rebuilt.

Brownfield interviews Herrington during the recent Michigan Ag Credit Conference in East Lansing.

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