Economist explores return to cattle profitability

Returns will depend on feeder cattle prices and fed cattle prices.

Monthly fed cattle net returns have been negative since December 2014. While Purdue University agricultural economist Michael Langemeier said it appeared a few months ago that beef producers would climb above breakeven levels this spring, a recent drop in fed cattle prices suggests that this may no longer be the case.

According to data from the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), fed cattle prices in Kansas dropped from $135.93/cwt. for the week ending March 27 to $123.8

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