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Beef-on-Dairy: A Revolution in American Beef Production?

Editor's Note: This article is the fifth in a series that comprise Drovers 2023 State of the Beef Industry. The full report will appear as a 16-page special section in the September 2023 issue. Additional articles from the series will be published in this space in the following days.

Beef-on-dairy is arguably the most significant advancement for the U.S. beef industry in a generation, and no current review of the State of the Beef Industry would be complete without examining its impact.

Further, the recent growth of beef-on-dairy has been significant enough that it could alter the cyclical impact the beef industry is experiencing from drought-forced herd reductions. For instance, Patrick Linnell says CattleFax estimates the industry will produce 2.92 million beef-on-dairy calves this year and 3.22 million in 2024 (see chart). Some industry observers believe those estimates are conservative.

September 11, 2023


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