Herd recovery? Many heifers still going to slaughter market

Despite the reported focus on herd rebuilding, large numbers of heifers are still flowing into feedlots destined for meat processing, instead of into paddocks for joining this spring. Quality heifers like these MSA-eligible maidens, continue to find their way into slaughter markets, despite the desperate shortage of breeder replacements Lotfeeders are outgunning restockers in the market for empty heifers, with many producers still reluctant at current high prices to buy unmated heifers, given the long “lag time” until that purchase can deliver a return, some two to three years away. Also not all restockers have yet received the seasonal break they…

Source: Beef Central
Herd recovery? Many heifers still going to slaughter market