cattle inventory report summary

Beef Cows Down 1% — Replacements Up 2%

The national beef cowherd (29.0 million head) is 1% smaller than last year, according to the January 1 Cattle report issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Friday. Overall, NASS pegs the total inventory of all cattle and calves in the U.S. at 87.7 million head, down 2% from the previous year. That’s the lowest total since 1951.

The national beef cowherd (29.0 million head) is 1% smaller than last year, according to the January 1 Cattle Inventory [4]report issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Friday.

Although unsurprising, the report adds specifics to the long-held notion that last year’s late-spring and summer dry spell stoppered expansion [5] plans for another year. There was no midyear inventory report last year due to federal budget cuts.

The number of beef replacement heifers [6](5.5 million head) is 2% more than last year. Keep in mind, producers increased the number of beef replacement heifers last year, too, before dry weather unraveled plans.

Overall, NASS pegs the total inventory [7] of all cattle and calves in the U.S. at 87.7 million head, down 2% from the previous year. That’s the lowest total since 1951.

All cows and heifers that calved (38.5 million head) is 1% less than the previous year and the least since 1941.

 

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