• January 1, 2018 Cattle inventory: 94,339,0000 +0.7% (USDA NASS) 

  • 2017 estimated economic impact: $66.540 billion in farm gate cash receipts (USDA NASS) 

  • 2012 Number of cow herds: 777,943 (2012 Census)
    • 31.7 million beef cows (January 1, 2018 +1.6%) (USDA NASS)
    • 9.4 million dairy cows (January 1, 2018 +0.6%) (USDA NASS)
    • 35.8 million head calf crop (2017 +2.0%) (USDA NASS)
    • 90 percent of cow herds have less than 100 cows (2012 Census)

  • 2017 beef and beef variety exports: 1.263 million metric tons (2.785 billion pounds); $7.269 billion (USMEF)
    • Top export markets: Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan 

  • Top 5 states for Cattle on Feed (January 1, 2018) (USDA NASS)
    • Nebraska – 2,770,000 hd; +12.1%
    • Texas – 2,6500,000 hd; +9.1%
    • Kansas – 2,450,000 hd; +6.5%
    • Iowa – 1,260,000 hd; +8.6%
    • Colorado – 1,000,000 hd; +6.4%

  • 54 percent of the total value of U.S. sales of cattle and calves comes from the top 5 states with inventory (2016) (USDA NASS)
    1. Nebraska
    2. Texas
    3. Kansas
    4. Iowa
    5. Colorado

  • Feedyard cost of gain: $10.97/lb. from 2011-2015; $0.74/lb. in 2016, $0.70/lb in 2017 

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

  • 2017: 31.70 million head of cattle harvested under USDA inspection; 25.86 billion pounds of commercial beef production. Average dressed weight 816 pounds. (USDA NASS)
     
USDA NASS - National Agricultural Statistics Service
USMEF – U.S. Meat Export Federation