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Angus cattle producer Gary Stai feeds a couple of heifers at his livestock farm near the south shore of Lake Andrew, west of New London. High grain prices for feed have reduced the profit margin for livestock producers like Stai. Tribune photo by David Little

West Central Minnesota cattle producers’ profit margins taking a big hit


NEW LONDON — Drought and high feed prices are cutting into the profit margin for cattle producers like Gary and Kathy Stai of New London.

The price of corn for feed was around $2 a bushel when the couple started their small black Angus herd as a 4-H project for their daughters in 1994. Now corn is over $6 a bushel. Gary Stai says he used to buy oats for $1 to $1.20 a bushel. Now oats are $3.60 a bushel.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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