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Published July 21, 2012, 12:00 AM

Shrinking cattle herd

Cattle stand in a feedlot near Beemer, Neb., on Friday.

Cattle stand in a feedlot near Beemer, Neb., on Friday. The Agriculture Department released its estimate of the size of the nation’s cattle herd. Higher prices of feed and the loss of pasture due to drought is forcing ranchers to thin their herds.

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