Texas cattle producer says it’s been a decent year, but expansion isn’t in the cards yet

North Central Texas cattle producer and feedyard operator Ryan Moorhouse says it’s been a pretty good year for producers in his part of the country.  But it hasn’t come without its challenges. “We did have some weather, some nice rains early in the spring, and then in the summer it got hot and dry like it always does,” he says. “So, we’re kind of coming out of that period going into hopefully cooler period and a little rain in the forecast and that’d be great.”

As for herd expansion? “The cow production, as far as retaining heifers, you still don’t hear much about it,” he says.  “I think we’re going in for a long spell here where supplies will be a little more limited, just because of the weather, but I’m sure we’ll crawl out of it at some point.”

In addition to managing Hartley Feeders, Moorhouse operates a stocker operation on part of his family’s ranch.  He’s also Secretary-Treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

Brownfield interviewed Moorhouse during the Centers for Disease Control’s recent food immersion tour in Kentucky. 

AUDIO: Ryan Moorhouse, North Central Texas

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