UNL Ag Economics Livestock Industry Trends Report Now Available

Aug. 6, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. — A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension publication from the Department of Agricultural Economics offers an ongoing factual understanding of livestock industry changes impacting Nebraska.

The publication, U.S. Livestock Industry Trends and Nebraska's Role, is available at http://go.unl.edu/livestockindustry.

The report presents a baseline perspective with trend analysis over the past 10 years. Data was assembled from several sources and a set of metrics is used to track trends and compare relationships with other states.

The report provides readily accessible insight for industry stakeholders, policy makers and researchers.

In addition, the agricultural economics department will continue to monitor and update the report in an online series called "Nebraska Livestock Industry Data Dashboard." For more information visit the website at http://agecon.unl.edu/livestock.

Nebraska is among the top livestock producing states in the nation. Currently the state ranks first in commercial cattle slaughter, second in cattle and calves receipts, third in meat production, fourth in all livestock and products cash receipts and beef cows and heifers calved and sixth in all hogs and pigs produced.

With the U.S. livestock industry always in a dynamic flux, the industry changes rapidly in both structural configuration of livestock production and its geographic location. How Nebraska's livestock industry is adapting to these changes is the focus of this report and the subsequent ongoing data monitoring/analysis series.

Kathleen Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Economics
402-472-1749
kbrooks4@unl.edu

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service
402-472-3030
skarstens2@unl.edu