Cattle Herds Shrinking as Plains Storms Fail to End U.S. Drought

Cattle Herds Shrinking as Plains Storms Fail to End U.S. Drought

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Cattle in the U.S. are raised from birth on pastures for about a year, when they weigh 500 pounds to 800 pounds, and then are sold to feedlots. There, the animals consume mostly corn until they are 1,200 pounds to 1,350 pounds and are sold to slaughtering plants.