US Cattle Herd Tops 93 Million- Oklahoma Stands as Second Largest Beef Cow State and Fourth Largest Beef Cattle StateTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:28:10 CST
USDA has released their Cattle Inventory report based on January 1, 2017.
Here are a few quick highlights:
Cattle Inventory Up 2 Percent
All cattle and calves in the United States, as of January 1, 2017, totaled 93.6 million head. This is 2 percent above the 91.9 million head on January 1, 2016.
All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.6 million head, ar e 3 percent above the 39.5 million head on January 1, 2016. Beef cows, at 31.2 million head, are up 3 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.35 million head, are up slightly from the previous year.
All heifers 500 pounds and over, as of January 1, 2017, totaled 20.1 million head. This is 1 percent above the 19.9 million head on January 1, 2016. Beef replacement heifers, at 6.42 million head, are up 1 percent from a year ago
The 2016 calf crop in the United States was estimated at 35.1 million head, up 3 percent from last year's calf crop. Calves born during the first half of 2016 were estimated at 25.6 million head. This is up 4 percent from the first half of 2015. Calves born during the second half of 2016 were estima ted at 9.53 million head, 27 percent of the total 2016 calf crop.
The top cattle states (using all cattle and calves numbers) include Texas with 12.3 million, Nebraska with 6.45 million, Kansas with 6.4 million, California with 5.15 million and Oklahoma with 5 million. With the large number of milk cows in California (1.775 million), Oklahoma is the fourth largest beef state in the US.
In Beef Cow numbers, Texas is the number one beef cow state with four percent larger numbers than a year ago at 4.46 million head- Oklahoma is number two in beef cows with 2.095 million head- up nine percent from a year ago and Missouri ranks third in beef cow numbers, up eight percent from a year ago at 2.052 million head.
Beef Cow Replacements continued to build up in 2016 versus a year ago- with 6.419 million head of beef cow replacements tabulated as of January first- up one percent from a year ago. Texas has 810,000 beef cow replacements on the ground as of January first, Oklahoma 445,000 thousand, Missouri 440,000, South Dakota with 395,000, Nebraska with 385,000 and Missouri with 375,000 beef replacement heifers.
The 31.2 million head of beef cows reflect an increase of just over a million head of beef cows comepared to January 1, 2016 after USDA revised the 2016 number down from 30.3 million to 30.165 million head today. The Beef Cow herd number stood at 29.3 million head back on January 1, 2015.
To review the complete report from USDA- click or tap here.
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