Dr. Mike von Massow

Food economist Dr. Mike von Massow, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, spoke to Reuters News about the effects that cattle stock culls will have on the beef supply.

The article noted that record-setting heat and sparse rain have left many ranchers in western Canada with too little grass or hay to feed their cattle, prompting many to cull their herds.

Von Massow said sending cows to slaughter instead of keeping them for breeding will not only reduce cattle inventories next year but also affect beef supply for years.

Von Massow studies the food supply chain, including effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply chain and on consumers.