The June Cattle on Feed reached its highest recorded inventory since the series started in 1996 and continues 18 months of increasing inventories.
Cattle markets have remained at record highs thanks to fewer numbers and high demand.
Mud and cold, wet conditions are much more difficult to manage than just the bitterly cold.
A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality.
Drought conditions have had a significant effect on feeder cattle supplies.
Higher prices anticipated in 2012 with analysts expecting the cattle cycle to post its high in 2013.
It appears herd expansion has tapered off as feedlots start to increase inventories with heifers.