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January 1 Cattle Inventory Down 2 Percent

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:32:58 CST

January 1 Cattle Inventory Down 2 Percent

The latest USDA Cattle Inventory report is out today, January 27, 2012 and showed more herd decline as was expected in pre-report estimates. The numbers showed cattle inventory down 2 percent. This report is seen as not having a huge impact since there was no big surprises and could even be supportive to the market Monday morning. You can hear Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities analysis of USDA's Cattle Inventory report by clicking on the listening bar at the bottom of the page.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2012 totaled 90.8 million head, 2 percent below the 92.7 million on January 1, 2011. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 39.1 million, were down 2 percent from the 40.0 million on January 1, 2011

. • Beef cows, at 29.9 million, were down 3 percent from January 1, 2011.

• Milk cows, at 9.2 million, were up 1 percent from January 1, 2011.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2012 and the change from January 1, 2011, are as follows:
• All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.4 million, down 1 percent.

• Beef replacement heifers, 5.2 million, up 1 percent.

• Milk replacement heifers, 4.5 million, down 1 percent. • Other heifers, 9.6 million, down 2 percent.

• Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 16.1 million, down 2 percent.

• Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.1 million, down 5 percent. • Calves under 500 pounds, 14.1 million, down 3 percent.

• Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 14.1 million, up 1 percent.

• The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.7 million, down 4 percent.

You can see all the USDA numbers by state and class by clicking on the following link: USDA Cattle Inventory


Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities analysis of the latest Cattle Inventory numbers.
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