Total Cattle Inventory in Iowa (as of January 1, 2017; -2.5%)             3,850,000

State Rank All Cattle and Calves (January 1, 2017)                     Seventh, tied

USDA Cattle on Feed in Iowa (January 1, 2017; -5.7%)                     1,160,000

State Rank Cattle and Calves on Feed (January 1, 2017)                     Fourth

Yearly Fed Cattle Marketings (2016; -1.5%                                       1,785,000

Number of Feedlots (2012 Census)                                                       6,036

Number of Cattle Operations (2012 Census)                                        26,827

Number of Farms with Beef Cows (2012 Census)                                19,677

Number of Beef Cows (January 1, 2017; +2.7%)                                   965,000

State Rank Number of Beef Cows (January 1, 2017)                              Ninth

Number of Farms with Dairy Cows (2012 Census)                                1,810

Number of Dairy Cows (January 1, 2017; +2.4%)                                 215,000

State Rank Number of Dairy Cows (January 1, 2017)                         Twelfth

Cash Receipts from Cattle and Calves (2015)                           $4.414 Billion

Iowa Jobs Directly Related to the Cattle Industry (2015)                     20,690

Iowa Jobs Indirectly Related to the Cattle Industry (2015)                    7,384

Iowa Jobs Induced by the Cattle Industry (2015)                                  7,141

 

In 2015, Iowa’s cattle industry contributed in excess of
$6.9 billion in business activity to Iowa’s economy

 

 Sources:  Department of Economics, Iowa State University; Iowa Agricultural Statistics, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 2017 Cattle Inventory Report National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)