Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Marketing Committee recently conducted a survey where TSCRA members provided information on herd reductions, rebuilding intentions and primary rebuilding challenges.
Most survey participants indicated their herds are at 71% of their 10-year average herd size. This is in-line with previous drought surveys in 2011.
When asked about plans for herd rebuilding, responses indicated that members are positioning their operations for growth. If grazing and profitability conditions remain the same, 49% of ranchers expect to increase their herd size by an average of 34%.
If grazing and profitability conditions were to improve, 65% of responding ranchers expect to increase their herd size by an average of 35%. If grazing profitability conditions were to decline, 65% of respondents indicated they would either make no changes to or increase their herd size.
When respondents were asked to rank the most important factors when making decisions about the size of their breeding herds, the results showed grass conditions continue to be the single largest limiting factor. Ninety-one percent of the respondents ranked grass conditions as one of the top two challenges to future growth. Water availability was second largest, as 44 percent of the participating members ranked water in their top two factors.
To view the TSCRA Marketing Committee Survey Executive Summary, visit www.tscra.org.
TSCRA is a 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.