Western Ag Network Continues Coverage of CattleCon 2024 in Florida

Feb 1, 2024 | Ag

(Western Ag Network) February 1st, 2024 — On today’s Daybreak Ag Report from the Western Ag Network, Land Nordlund, talked about the 2024 CattleCon in Orlando, Florida.

“This week, rancher leaders are being elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,” said Nordlund. “One of those individuals newly elected is Mr. Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney, Montana, who was elected to serve as the Region V Vice President of NCBA.”

Nordlund said that he asked Steinbeisser why he wanted to serve on the NCBA.

“Actually, it comes from my dad,” said Steinbeisser. “He had that passion, I still do. We just grew up that way – with the desire to serve the industry that we love. So it’s in my blood you might say. I’ve worked with many of these issues throughout the last several years. With that experience and background, why not just keep going?”

Steinbeisser said that he looks forward to hearing all of the concerns of cattle producers, and helping them find solutions to their challenges.

“In the caucus that we just came out of, some of the ideas that are coming from these various affiliates in our region – it’s just incredible,” said Steinbeisser. “There are people problem solving. We need to get together, listen to each other, and solve these problems.”

Nordlund also talked about the drough’s impact on the size of the U.S. cattle herd.

“Drought continues to rear it’s ugly head in terms of the size of the U.S. cattle herd,” said Nordlund. “Another bullish cattle inventory report released yesterday by USDA. The department noted a 2% decrease in the total number of cattle and calves in the nation as of January 1st compared to last year, with a total of 87.2 million head. All cows and heifers that have calves – 37.6 million – down 2% from last year. Beef cows totaled 28.2 million head, down 2% from a year ago. The inventory of cattle on feed for slaughter increased 2% from last year, totaling 14.4 million head.”

“This report signaled bullish prospects for the industry, with tight supplies amid strong demand, likely leading to higher prices across sectors until the liquidation phase of the cattle herd is complete.”