For the past two decades, there has been a continual decline in beef cattle numbers within Texas. The historic drought of 2011 dramatically accentuated that trend. Other factors such as competing land use, economics, drought and availability of financing have all contributed to decline in livestock inventories.
The state’s cattle industry and affiliated trade and service companies are the second largest economic driver in the state bringing billions of dollars to the state economy. With the cowherd at such a critically low level, Texas is poised to lose industry infrastructure if cow numbers do not increase.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is beginning a statewide educational initiative “Rebuilding the Beef Herd” focusing on rebuilding breeding cattle inventories within the state. There will be five areas of focus, Challenges in Agriculture Financing, Forage Recovery, Options for Replacements, Value of Replacements, and Generational Turnover.