Cold Weather Brings Stress to Cattle Weights

This year’s cold winter will stress cattle weights, compared to last year’s relatively mild winter, which brought heavier cattle weights.

Fed cattle weights were dropping in December before recent winter storms, as high feed costs and low inventories already were bringing cattle to market more quickly than last year. USDA’s carcass weight data for the week ended Dec. 19 showed the average steer carcass weight down 10 pounds from two weeks prior and eight pounds lower than the year-ago week.

“This (weather pattern) looks big enough and long enough to have an impact,” said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist.

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