Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

December 1997


Published for Proceedings, The Range Beef Cow Symposium XV December 9, 10 and 11, 1997, Rapid City, South Dakota.



Total Cattle Inventory

Heifers as % of Total Feedlot Placements

Cow Slaughter

Total Cow Numbers

Feeder Cattle and Calf Supply

Steer and Heifer Slaughter

Beef Production

What Will the 1997 Corn Market Look Like?

1997 Corn Production and Price Situation

Seasonal Fed Cattle Price

Seasonal 750-lb Feeder Steer Price

Average Cow/Calf Profit (Loss)

Cow/Calf Producer Profitability

US Average Choice Fed Steer Price, 1970-1997

Cattle Prices

The Cattle Cycle

Profit Trends by Industry Segment During the Four Phases of the Cattle Cycle

1997 Outlook

1998 Outlook

1999 Outlook

2000 Outlook