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Your Input is Needed: Current Summer Conditions

pair.JPGIn the last few weeks, I have done quite a bit of traveling. In addition, I receive updates from cattlemen all across the country. This national perspective on the beef industry gives me a better understanding of the issues and challenges cattlemen are facing across the board. For some, the Humane Society of the United States is the number one concern. All are worried about the markets and input costs. Some are worried about beef demand. Others are anxious to get their foot started in beef production. However, the major theme of concern, as of late, is the weather.

Texas is suffering from an extreme drought, while the Great Plains has experienced a cool, wet summer. From coast to coast, I'm wondering about the weather conditions in your state this summer. Are you getting enough rain? Has it been an unusually cool summer? Is the ground cracking at your feet from the dry conditions? Hopefully you can take a few minutes to fill me in, so I can better serve the needs of you, the reader. Thanks for your input!

BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Zinc is a nutrient your body needs for many essential functions such as growth and development, maintenance of the body's immune system, wound healing and appetite control. Beef is the number one source of zinc in the American diet. A 3-ounce serving of beef provides 39% of the zinc most people need in a day. (Source: Beef: Nutrients That Work As Hard As You Do)

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