I want to share with you some very positive statistics I have learned about the value of livestock to land.

Beef Producer columnist Walt Davis has written well lately about the biological value livestock brings to the land.
I'm writing about the pure economic value.

When I was in Texas the other day, Texas AgriLife Economist Steve Amosson presented some values for livestock operations in the Southern Plains, and specifically for the region sitting atop the famed Ogallala Aquifer.

Amosson was quoting from a study he and others did on the effects of livestock on the declining Ogallala water levels and the financial values of livestock and cropping as they relate directly to the region and to the water resource.

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