Since reaching a low point in 2015, (United States) US cattle slaughter has grown rapidly, but in recent months that growth has stalled. US cattle producers have been through the price boom and responded by growing the herd. The growth in cattle is starting to slow, however. The first four months of 2018 has seen US cattle slaughter at similar levels to those of last year. Looking at US beef cow slaughter, we see that from January to April it was 7% higher than the same time in 2017. Some other US data which has been making some news is the number of cattle on feed in the US.  As of the start of May there were 5% more cattle on feed than at the same time last year. The heavy fed cattle inventory will have to hit the market over the coming months, but Steiner Consulting reports that demand for beef in the US is strong and should soak up most of the extra cattle. – Mercado

Click here to read the full article.