By Rayford Pullen
We have not had much luck bringing in the new year on a positive note the last couple of years so here is hoping our luck will change for the better. According to the many predictions from cattle economists around the country, our cattle inventory continues to shrink, heifer slaughter is high and the backlog of cattle waiting to be processed is getting current which all leads them to believe cattle prices will increase substantially this year. Here is hoping they are right.
January and February are normally our two toughest months of the year as it relates to costs and tough conditions. Later this month, we will begin spring calving, in the middle of winter, which is what we must do in order to take full advantage of the spring grasses when they arrive in mid-March.