USDA: Lowest Cattle Inventory in 50 Years


The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released their July 1 Cattle Inventory report on Friday.    Looking at the big picture, the number of cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1, 2010, totaled 100.8 million head.  That is 1 percent below the 102.0 million on July 1, 2009.

The 2010 calf crop is expected to be 35.4 million, which is also down 1{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} from 2009.  Calves born during the first half of the year are estimated at 25.7 million, which is down 1{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} as well.

Some other numbers of interest…

  • Beef cows, at 31.7 million, were down 2{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} from July 1, 2009.
  • Milk cows, at 9.1 million, were down 1{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} from July 1, 2009.
  • Beef replacement heifers, at 4.4 million, were down 2{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4}.
  • All cattle and calves on feed for processing, at 12.0 million, were up 3{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4}.

CLICK HERE to be linked to the full report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


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Haylie Shipp



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