Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State
University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist — As we wrap up 2018, it’s worth a moment to pause and consider the amazing day to day performance and accomplishments of the U.S. cattle and beef industry. Beef production in 2018 is projected to total nearly 27 billion pounds of beef products resulting from the slaughter of 33 million head of cattle. The economic system that connects cattle production to beef consumption is remarkably complex and is a challenge for producers and consumers alike to understand and appreciate.

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