Feedlot returns improving

Steer and heifer returns expected to be in the black by December.

Krissa Welshans, Livestock Editor

December 16, 2019

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Feedlot returns improving

The average economic returns to feedlot operators have improved, although losses in November are still expected to be $69.79 per head for steers and $22.21 per head for heifers, according to the latest projections from Kansas State University economist Glynn Tonsor.

Currently, the net returns projected for closeouts in October are losses of $145.12 per head for steers and $82.95 per head for heifers.

Tonsor’s latest numbers also suggest that returns could be in the black in December. Net returns are estimated to reach a profit of $149.67 per steer and $125.36 per heifer in December.

Further, Tonsor noted that steers are expected to be profitable until April 2020, while heifers are expected to be profitable through June.

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About the Author(s)

Krissa Welshans

Livestock Editor

Krissa Welshans grew up on a crop farm and cow-calf operation in Marlette, Michigan. Welshans earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University and master’s degree in public policy from New England College. She and her husband Brock run a show cattle operation in Henrietta, Texas, where they reside with their son, Wynn.

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