Ranchers Are Selling Off Their Cattle in Unprecedented Numbers Due to the Drought, and That Has Enormous Implications for 2023
July 25, 2022
North Texas has become the epicenter for this rapidly growing crisis.
Don't get caught unprepared as things go south. Order an emergency antibiotic kit with 5 live-saving antibiotics prescribed directly to you by board certified physicians. Use promo code "MONSTER10" for $10 off. Having an emergency supply of antibiotics is crucial for the crazy times we are in.
Thanks to the horrific drought which is absolutely devastating ranching in the Southwest, ranchers are now in “panic mode” and are selling off their cattle at an unprecedented rate. In fact, some are choosing to sell off their entire herds because they feel like they don’t have any other options. In recent days, seemingly endless lines of trailers waiting to drop off cattle for auction have gone viral all over social media. Everybody is talking about how they have never seen anything like this before, and if the drought in the Southwest persists the lines could soon get even longer. In the short-term, this is going to help to stabilize meat prices. But in the long-term the size of the U.S. cattle herd will steadily become much smaller, and that has very serious implications for our ability to feed ourselves in 2023 and beyond.
North Texas has become the epicenter for this rapidly growing crisis. Thanks to the drought, there simply is not enough grass and not enough water, and so many ranchers have been forced to make some really tough decisions…
For many of these ranchers, it is imperative that they get something for their animals while they still can.
According to the USDA, the vast majority of the pasture and range land in the region is now in either “poor” or “very poor” condition…
Normally, many cattle ranchers would feed hay to their cattle under such circumstances, but the price of hay has absolutely skyrocketed over the past year…
Prices for hay, which is widely used to feed cattle, were 56% higher in April than in 2021, according to a June report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Cattle producers are estimated to have lost money the past two months, according to a cost-and-return analysis from Iowa State University.
So now even if you can find hay for sale it is usually so expensive that it is simply not economical. Without any other options that make sense, some cattle ranchers in Texas have actually decided to go ahead and sell their entire herds…
The good news is that a flood of beef is coming into the supply chain right now.
And that will certainly help keep short-term prices stable.
But what will we do next year and beyond?
According to Bloomberg, many ranchers that are showing up at these auctions are literally in “panic mode” because they are so eager to sell off their animals…
Normally ranchers would wait until their cattle have reached a desired weight before finally selling them off.
Unfortunately, this relentless drought is forcing many ranchers to “sell smaller”…
At the end of the day, ranching is a business.
These guys are trying to make whatever money that they can under the circumstances.
Of course most Americans never even think about where the meat that they eat comes from, but we should.
Because as Texas rancher Jarrod Montford has pointed out, we depend on a very small sliver of the population to feed all the rest of us…
“1.6, 1.7% of the population feeds the rest. It’s not how bad are we at the end of the day,” Monfort said. “It’s the fact that if we don’t survive, our nation fails,” said Montford.
He is right.
We need our farmers and our ranchers, and we don’t appreciate them nearly enough.
Looking ahead, there is reason to be extremely concerned.
The national cattle herd has been getting smaller for quite a while, and now that trend threatens to greatly accelerate…
The nation’s cow herd has been shrinking for the past two years, but this summer’s drought is sending much of the breeding herd to the processing plant. That will cut into calf numbers for the next two to three years.
What we desperately need is a break in the weather.
So let us hope for cooler temperatures and lots of rain.
Unfortunately, this next week is supposed to be a sizzler, and that will especially be true in the Southwest…
Of course all of this is happening within the context of the worst global food crisis in decades.
Famines are already erupting all over the world, and global food supplies are getting tighter with each passing day.
We were warned that this was coming, but most people didn’t want to listen.
Now a day of reckoning is nearly upon us.
I would definitely encourage you to stock up on meat in the weeks ahead while it is still relatively cheap, because the outlook for 2023 and beyond is definitely not promising.
Are you ready?
- Blue Monster Prep