Though it's hard to say what 2015 will be like for all livestock operations, more than one economist has predicted that herd expansion and operation growth is likely to continue into the New Year. That, of course, means producers will be crunching numbers and watching market signals to inform key decisions for the future.
In that same spirit, we're rounding up our most recent coverage on herd expansion and economic forecasts to create one easy-reference planning guide.
Watch These Things To Predict Cattle Market Behavior Next Year. Bottom-up push on cattle prices will keep testing consumer price tolerance in 2015.
Economist: Livestock's 'Mini-boom' Likely to Last for a While. Livestock producers can expect strong economics to favor expansion in years to come; communities with large animal populations may also see boost.
High Cattle Prices Mean Beef Producers Can Capture Extra Dollars. Though cattle prices have reached historic highs, there could be potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows.
Aiming for Quality Beef Now Could Help Sustain Higher Returns in the Future. Record cattle prices have producers thinking about what it will take to stay on top – and quality will be a determining factor of a producer's chances to maintain price strength.
Economists Cheer But Fear High Cattle Prices. Supply drive market pumps money into beef production but is pushing consumers away.
Prognosticators Optimistic For Low-Cost Corn And Pricey Cattle. Barring unforeseen wrecks, economists think corn could stay low and cattle relatively high until 2020.
Record Beef Prices Giving Me The Jitters. Beef Producer Editor Alan Newport says the profit potential in the beef market complex is welcome, but there's concern about producers who don't have risk protection. (commentary)