Total Cattle Inventory in Iowa (as of January 1, 2018; +2.6%)             4,000,000

State Rank All Cattle and Calves (January 1, 2018)                     Seventh, tied

USDA Cattle on Feed in Iowa (January 1, 2018; +8.6%)                     1,260,000

State Rank Cattle and Calves on Feed (January 1, 2018)                     Fourth

Yearly Fed Cattle Marketings (2017; +5.7%)                                       1,844,000

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, 2018; +0.5%)                                   970,000

State Rank Number of Beef Cows (January 1, 2018)                              Tenth

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

Number of Dairy Cows (January 1, 2018; +2.3%)                                 220,000

State Rank Number of Dairy Cows (January 1, 2018)                         Twelfth

Cash Receipts from Cattle and Calves (2016)                           $3.859 Billion

Iowa Jobs Directly Related to the Cattle Industry (2016)                     19,528

Iowa Jobs Indirectly Related to the Cattle Industry (2016)                    6,519

Iowa Jobs Induced by the Cattle Industry (2016)                                  6.270

 

In 2016, Iowa’s cattle industry contributed in excess of
$6.3 billion in business activity to Iowa’s economy

 

 Sources:  Department of Economics, Iowa State University; Iowa Agricultural Statistics, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 2018 Cattle Inventory Report National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Economic Importance of Iowa's Beef Industry IBC0127, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Iowa Beef Center, December 2017.