Ask Eddie - Impact of South Dakota cattle losses on market

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Updated: 10/21/2013 9:36 am
Ranchers are still cleaning up from the recent South Dakota blizzard. And just as the drought here in Texas will take years to recover cattle numbers to full capacity, South Dakota will experience the same challenge of trying to rebuild herds in coming months. Our Eddie Griffis has more.

"South Dakota is the sixth largest cattle producer in the nation with approximately 3.8 million head of cattle and a recent historic blizzard recently hit South Dakota," Eddie Griffis said. "What this will do to cattle markets at this point is probably anybody's guess without any reports coming out from USDA. Cattle herds as we know are definitely still short out there. This does not help the cause out there, you know to lose the number of cattle that they've lost in South Dakota. As we are trying to get herd numbers up, this can only make the price go up, but as far as the difference we will see anytime soon, this will probably be anywhere from a three to six month time period before we see the prices from this historical blizzard hit the market. But it will definitely have an impact on the market just simply because the cattle are not out there." 

For more information for the producer and consumer, be sure to catch Eddie Griffis weekdays on West Texas Ag Life starting at 1 p.m. on AM 950, 100.7 FM. 

Also if you have any questions or comments for Eddie, be sure to email those to agday@fox34.com. 
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