Cattle numbers increase 3%

Cattle numbers increase 3%

USDA Cattle report shows increases in both beef and dairy numbers.

USDA’s Jan. 29 Cattle report shows the U.S. cattle herd continues to rebuild from its 2014 lows.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of Jan. 1 totaled 92 million head, up 3% from a year earlier. Likewise, all cows and heifers that have calved is up 3%, from 38.6 million head on Jan. 1, 2015, to 39.6 million head on Jan. 1, 2016.

Beef cows are up 4% from a year ago at 30.3 million head and milk cows are up slightly to 9.32 million head.

Beef replacement heifers are up 3%, at 6.29 million head. Dairy replacement heifers are up 2% to 4.82 million head. Other heifers, at 8.71 million head, are 3% higher than a year ago.

USDA Cattle report: Cattle numbers are growing in the United States. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

All calves less than 500 pounds totaled 14.1 million head, up 4% from a year earlier. Steers weighing 500 pounds or more was also up 4% to 16.3 million head.

The 2015 calf crop was estimated at 34.3 million head, up 2% from last year’s calf crop.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter totaled 13.2 million head on Jan. 1. That is up 1% from a year earlier.

Source: USDA Cattle report

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