The Jan. 1, 2016 Cattle Inventory Report recently released by USDA shows herd expansion was well underway last year. The report estimates total cattle inventory was up 3% and total beef and dairy cows and heifers that have calved were estimated at 39.6 million head. That was 3% above the 38.6 million head on Jan. 1, 2015. Beef cows came in at 30.3 million head. That was up 4% from a year ago, reports the Oklahoma Farm Network.
The report shows that Texas remains the largest beef cow state in the US with 4.29 million head; Oklahoma is second with 1.953 million head; Missouri is third with 1.912 million head; Nebraska is fourth with 1.852 million head; and South Dakota is the fifth largest beef cow state with 1.69 million mama cows.
All heifers 500 pounds and over as of Jan. 1, 2016 totaled 19.8 million head. This was 3% above the 19.3 million head on Jan. 1, 2015. Beef replacement heifers were estimated at 6.29 million head. up 3% from a year ago.
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Click here to read the full U.S. Cattle Inventory Report from USDA.