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If the last five years are any indication of the next five, there’s going to be a slow transition moving more cattle into Nebraska feedlots than the current number one state of Texas.

The prediction is forecasted by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team who identifies proximity to beef processing plants and corn stockpiles in Nebraska as key factors of the shift.

The recent years of drought have also forced cattle to move north in search of greener pastures prior to moving into feedlots. Once the cattle have been transported north, it’s saves on transportation costs to move them to a closer feedlot in Kansas or Nebraska.