Concerns Identified In Arkansas Beef Industry Assessment

LITTLE ROCK — The first industrywide assessment survey of Arkansas beef producers in more than a decade finds producers are most concerned with who will follow in their footsteps, how their current operations may be able to expand and the cost of equipment, land and a high quality herd bull.

The 2018 Arkansas Beef Industry Assessment, developed and administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Beef Council, included responses from more than 330 cattle producers in six industry sectors.

Shane Gadberry, professor of ruminant nutrition for the Division of Agriculture, said the survey was initially developed at a November 2017 summit, where industry leaders and university facilitators identified strengths, limitations, opportunities and threats to beef production in the state. The survey was also based in part on a similar assessment administered in 2005.

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