CRS Fact Sheets

The cattle cycle is driven by the biology of the cow and the lag between when price signals are received and when larger or smaller production actually reaches the consumer.

Understanding the cattle cycle and learning to work with it can help producers manage market risk.

The 2009 edition of the Cattle Cycle book entitled “TRENDS, CYCLES AND SEASONALITY IN THE CATTLE INDUSTRY” analyses data from 1960 to 2008 and includes discussion around cattle cycles, why they do or do not occur, historical cycles and trends as well as cycle indicators.

The CRS fact sheet series sponsored by Merck Animal Health, provides current information on the Cattle Cycle and is published twice a year.