Cattle Ranching Report Summary

SIC Codes: 0211 0212
NAICS Codes: 112111 112112

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms

Cattle Ranching Industry Overview

Excerpt from Cattle Ranching Report

Companies in this industry are ranches and farms that raise cattle, including those intended for dairy herd replacements, and feedlots that fatten cattle in preparation for slaughter. Major companies include Agri Beef; Cactus Feeders; and Friona Industries (all based in the US); JBS and Minerva (both headquartered in Brazil); Australia's Teys Australia Meat Group, which is partially owned by US-based Cargill, and NH Foods (Japan).

Competitive Landscape

Demand is driven by food prices, population growth, and global trade policies. The profitability of individual operations depends on production efficiency and anticipating market demand. Large operators have some advantages in volume purchasing and efficient use of labor and equipment. Small operators can compete successfully by producing special grades of beef cattle and by controlling costs carefully. The industry is concentrated: the top 6% of farms generate about 75% of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Major services include raising live cattle and "finishing" cattle on feedlots in preparation for slaughter.

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