According to a report from Kansas Ag Statistics
, Kansas continues to be a national leader in several livestock categories. During the fiscal year of 2007, the state ranked first in animal fat exports with $145.1 million shipped overseas. The state reported that $419.5 million worth of hides and skins were exported from the state last year, making it the first in the country.
Additionally, Kansas has exported over $596.2 million worth of live animals and meat. The state ranked third next to Iowa and Nebraska. However, the live animals and meat exported from Kansas accounted for 16% of the state's total livestock exports.
Overall, the state of Kansas ranks sixth overall as a product of agricultural products according to 2007 fiscal year numbers. The state's total value of livestock exports is $3.8 billion, which is up 23% from the previous year and is the highest amount the state has ever recorded. Although, the top ten states in livestock exports saw an increase in their exports during the 2007 year. Kansas accounts for 4.7% of all U.S. agricultural exports with $81.9 billion in total according to last year's numbers.
These numbers are incredible when you consider the amount of strain the economy has put on livestock transporters in 2007 and 2008. In 2006, the price of diesel and gas began to climb quickly. In 2007, gas prices soared and in 2008, they have been consistently high with no sign of dropping. This has put a large strain on all livestock transporters no matter where they are located. It also increases the cost of farming in all states, including Kansas.
The increase in diesel and gas has caused all aspects of livestock and agricultural farming to increase dramatically as livestock owners are working harder to simply feed their animals due to the high cost of feed, which has been a direct effect of gas and oil prices, and makes it difficult for them to afford the rates of livestock transporters.
Livestock transporters are also feeling the pinch on their wallets as the price of diesel continues to remain high and they have to increase their rates and share the expense with their clients. This strain is not only being felt in the US, but around the world as well and is being felt in countries such as the UK and Australia where diesel prices are high and causing the prices of wheat and grain to remain high as well.