Cattle Inventory Report Shows Lowest Cattle Numbers Since 1951Sun, 02 Feb 2014 05:26:49 CST
The U.S. Cattle Inventory Report, including all cattle and calves, was down 2 percent from last year, making 2014 the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million reported in 1951.
Here are some of the highlights of the report that was released on Friday afternoon by USDA:
All cattle and calves, 87.7 million down 2 percent.
Cows and heifers that have calved, 38 million down 1 percent.
Beef cows, 29 million down 1 percent.
Dairy cows, 9.2 million unchanged.
Heifers 500 pounds and over, 18.8 million down 2 percent.
Beef replacement heifers, 5.5 million up 2 percent.
Dairy replacement heifers, 4.5 million unchanged.
Other heifers, 8.7 million down 5 percent.
Steers 500 pounds and over, 15.4 million down 3 percent.
Bulls 500 pounds and over, 2 million down 1 percent.
Calves under 500 pounds, 13.3 million down 4 percent.
2013 calf crop, 33.9 million down 1 percent from 2012.
Cattle on small grains pasture in KS, OK and TX, 1.61 million up 20 percent.
With feeder cattle and replacement heifer prices at and above historical levels, the reports shows that 10 million head of heifers are expected to be retained as producing cows. This is a similar scenario as last year. Mother Nature will determine how many of these heifers will be introduced to the cow herd as pasture and range conditions in parts of the west are in need of moisture.
Oklahoma swapped positions with Nebraska again in the total number of beef cows as of January first- and is once again the third largest mama cow state in the country- Texas went below the four million beef cow number to 3.91 million beef cows- off three percent from a year ago, Missouri is the second largest beef cow state at 1.82 Million head- up four percent over a year ago and Oklahoma saw a three percent rise in beef cow numbers to 1.805 million head as of January first. Nebraska and South Dakota round out the first largest beef cow states in the country in this latest report.
Click here for the complete report from USDA.
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