• January 1, 2017 Cattle inventory: 93,584,600 +1.8% (USDA NASS) 

  • 2016 Economic impact: $67.561 billion in farm gate cash receipts (USDA NASS) 

  • 2012 Number of cow herds: 777,943 (2012 Census)
    • 31.2 million beef cows (January 1, 2017 +3.5%) (USDA NASS)
    • 9.3 million dairy cows (January 1, 2017 +0.4%) (USDA NASS)
    • 35.1 million head calf crop (2016 +2.9$) (USDA NASS)
    • 90 percent of cow herds have less than 100 cows (2012 Census)

  • 2016 beef and beef variety exports: 1.187 million metric tons (2.617 billion pounds); $6.302 billion (USMEF)
    • Top export markets: Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, Middle East 

  • Top 5 states for Cattle on Feed (January 1, 2017) (USDA NASS)
    • Nebraska – 2,470,000 hd; -2.0%
    • Texas – 2,430,000 hd; -0.4%
    • Kansas – 2,300,000 hd; +3.1%
    • Iowa – 1,160,000 hd; -5.7%
    • Colorado – 940,000 hd; +3.3%

  • 50 percent of the total value of U.S. sales of cattle and calves comes from the top 5 states with inventory (2015) (USDA NASS)
    1. Nebraska
    2. Texas
    3. Kansas
    4. Iowa
    5. Colorado

  • Feedyard cost of gain: $1.18/lb. from 2010-2014; $0.79/lb. in 2016. 

  • Average producer age: 58.6 beef cattle ranching and farming; 55.9 cattle feedlots (2012 Census)

  • 2016: 30.11 million head of cattle harvested under USDA inspection; 24.91 billion pounds of commercial beef production. Average dressed weight 827 pounds. (USDA NASS)
     
USDA NASS - National Agricultural Statistics Service
USMEF – U.S. Meat Export Federation