US Cattle Inventory Down 2 Percent

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2013 totaled 89.3 million head, 2 percent below the 90.8 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.5 million, were down 2 percent from the 39.4 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cows and heifers that have calved since the 36.8 million head in 1941.

� Beef cows, at 29.3 million, were down 3 percent from January 1, 2012.

� Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from January 1, 2012.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2013 and the change from January 1, 2012, are as follows:

� All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.1 million, down 1 percent.

� Beef replacement heifers, 5.4 million, up 2 percent.

� Milk replacement heifers, 4.6 million, down 2 percent.

� Other heifers, 9.2 million, down 3 percent.

� Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 15.8 million, unchanged.

� Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.1 million, down 2 percent.

� Calves under 500 pounds, 13.8 million, down 2 percent.

� Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 13.4 million, down 5 percent.

� The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.5 million, up 1 percent.

Calf Crop Down 3 Percent

The 2012 calf crop was estimated at 34.3 million head, down 3 percent from 2011. This is the smallest calf crop since the 33.7 million born during 1949.

Calves born during the first half of 2012 are estimated at 25.0 million, down 3 percent from 2011.

Source:
Released February 1, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

For the full report go to: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1017

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