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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Fed heifer marketings surging

Fewer heifers needed for herd replacement as expansion slowing.

Cattle slaughter surged over the last six weeks, with weekly slaughter at more than 650,000 head every week since the first of May except for the Memorial Day-shortened week, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service professor and extension economist David Anderson reported. Total cattle slaughter is up about 9% compared to the same period a year ago, with much of the year-over-year increase in slaughter from heifers, he said.

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