Cattle Prices Make Restocking Herds Tough

Cheyenne, WY – High cattle prices are making it harder for some Wyoming ranchers to manage their herds. During the recent five-year drought, producers reduced the size of their herds because there wasn't enough grass or hay. But now the high prices are making it difficult for ranchers to add to their numbers again. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming herds shrank by 13 percent during the drought. Their figures also show that ranchers have been slow to restock with cattle numbers holding steady for the past two years.