January 1 Cattle Inventory Down 1%

January 28, 2010 06:00 PM
 

USDA report highlights:

All cattle and calves in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2010, totaled 93.7 million head, 1% below the 94.5 million on Jan. 1, 2009.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.5 million, were down 1% from the 41.0 million on Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Beef cows, at 31.4 million, were down 1% from Jan. 1, 2009.
  • Milk cows, at 9.1 million, were down 3% from Jan. 1, 2009.
     

Other class estimates on January 1, 2010, and the change from Jan. 1, 2009, are as follows:

  • All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.7 million, up slightly.
  • Beef replacement heifers, 5.4 million, down 2%.
  • Milk replacement heifers, 4.5 million, up 2%.
  • Other heifers, 9.7 million, up 1%.
  • Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 16.4 million, down 2%.
  • Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.2 million, up slightly.
  • Calves under 500 pounds, 14.9 million, up slightly.
  • Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 13.6 million, down 2 %.
  • The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 27.5 million, down slightly.

Calf Crop Down 1%
The 2009 calf crop was estimated at 35.8 million head, down 1% from 2008. Calves born during the first half of the year are estimated at 26.0 million, down 1% from 2008.

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