Harvey Impacts Texas Beef Industry


Not so long ago, the Texas beef industry was being negatively affected by drought. Now Harvey is causing widespread flooding, but the effect is the same.

The 54 Texas counties declared a disaster areas have at least 1.2 million beef cows. Officials at Texas A&M conservatively estimate that 27-percent of the state's beef cow population has been impacted.

That can also have a significant impact on the price of beef products at your local grocery store.

The disaster area also includes a large number of livestock auction markets.

Cattle populations are slowly recovering from the drought. TAMU officials say the number of cattle on feed is 104.3-percent of a year ago.


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