Gillette, Wy – Cattle ranchers are hoping prices remain strong and will offset any possible effects of a brucellosis scare.
Ranchers have been enjoying high prices in the U.S. cattle market for the past few months.
Strong consumer demand, continued drought on the Plains and a case of mad cow disease in Canada sent cattle prices in the United States to more than 100-dollars per hundred pounds in November.
Last year at the same time, prices were around 60-dollars.
However, the good news on the price front has been tinged by the finding of brucellosis in a herd near Pinedale.
Testing continues to determine if any neighboring herds are infected.