cattle http://hppr.org en Cattle move north for water http://hppr.org/post/cattle-move-north-water <p>The U.S. cattle herd has <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country">changed dramatically over the last four years</a>, largely thanks to drought.</p><p>The supply of beef has been in free-fall. Perhaps you’ve noticed sky-high prices for hamburger and steak. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 33422 at http://hppr.org Cattle move north for water Drought re-shaping the cattle map http://hppr.org/post/drought-re-shaping-cattle-map <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33184 at http://hppr.org Drought re-shaping the cattle map Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices http://hppr.org/post/drought-still-taking-toll-ranchers-beef-prices <p>California ranchers, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/14/302858835/drought-increased-demand-contribute-to-high-beef-prices">despite near-record beef prices</a>, are shrinking their cattle herds in response to one of the most severe droughts the state has ever faced, and many Western ranchers are taking advantage. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jackie Fortier 32192 at http://hppr.org Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices No more brewery leftovers for cattle? http://hppr.org/post/no-more-brewery-leftovers-cattle <p>Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 30652 at http://hppr.org No more brewery leftovers for cattle? Higher beef prices good for producers, may be tough on consumers http://hppr.org/post/higher-beef-prices-good-producers-may-be-tough-consumers <p>Once again, the prognosticators are saying <a href="http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Trends/2013/11/Beef_prices_climb_as_consumpti.aspx?ID=%7B623621CA-0B39-4A55-890F-A1AA56AF6B04%7D&amp;cck=1">beef prices are on the rise</a>. We’ve <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/1602/expect-higher-food-prices-thanks-drought/5#.Un1flfmoVyQ">seen this before</a>—last year, the drought and high feed prices were being blamed. This time, the supply is tight and with livestock farmers looking at lower costs of production, some may keep animals on the farm to help increase their herds, rather than sending them to market. Since consumer demand typically goes up at this time of year, Lee Schulz, a livestock economist at Iowa State University, said the combination will increase the price meatpackers pay to producers. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 24401 at http://hppr.org Higher beef prices good for producers, may be tough on consumers Tough guys in the saddle http://hppr.org/post/tough-guys-saddle <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 12.6pt;">I met Nate Pike working on a story back in 2012. When I dropped back by his ranch 30 miles south of Dodge City, KS, this summer, he took me on a bumpy pickup ride to see a spring called St. Jacob’s Well and we got to talking about the former owner of some of his ranchland.</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Frank Morris 19978 at http://hppr.org Tough guys in the saddle