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US Farmers Reduce Herds, India’s Sugar Production at Record

September 21, 2011 at 1:52 by Vladimir Vyun

US farmers may cut most of their breeding cows to reduce losses because of drought. Texas ranchers may sell or slaughter 500,000 beef cows as the dry weather made them to expensive to feed. The losses of the states’ farm may reach $5.2 billion as the past 11 months were the driest since 1985 in the region. December futures for delivery of cattle advanced 1.1 percent to $1.192 by 13:00 on CME.

India’s production of sugar may reach a highest level in four years. Analysts predict the output may total 25.83 million metric tons in the year starting October 1, compared with 24.2 million tons estimate for this year. The high production may prompt India to lift the limit on exports. The resulting boost of supplies on global markets can drive prices down. Sugar spot price fell 1.1 percent to $0.2760 from $0.2790.

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