Connecting dots without midyear USDA cattle report

Slower-paced beef herd expansion expected to continue.

Missing from the slate of late-July cattle reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) was the July “Cattle” report, which would have provided an indication of continued herd rebuilding, heifer retention and the size of the 2016 calf crop. 

Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist Derrell Peel said with the dramatic adjustments in cattle prices in recent months, cattle producers are understandably very

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