2013-02-07 / Ag News

Jan. 1 cattle inventory released

All cattle and calves in North Dakota as of Jan. 1, 2013, totaled 1.79 million head, up 100,000 head from Jan. 1, 2012, according to the USDA, NationalAgricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office.

All cows and heifers that have calved as of Jan. 1, 2013, at 940,000 head, were up

60,000 head from a year ago. Beef cows, at 922,000 head, were up from 862,000 cows the previous year. Milk cows, at 18,000 head, was unchanged from Jan. 1, 2012.

All heifers 500 pounds and over, at 425,000 head, were up from 393,000 head last year. Beef cow replacement heifers, at 207,000 head, were up from last year’s 183,000 head. Milk cow replacement heifers, at 13,000 head, an increase of 3,000 head from Jan. 1, 2012. Other heifers, at 205,000 head, were up from 200,000 head a year ago.

Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, at 255,000 head, held steady compared to Jan. 1, 2012. Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, at 60,000 head, were up from 57,000 head year ago. Calves under 500 pounds, at 110,000 head, were up from 105,000 head a year ago.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, at 45,000 head, were down from 60,000 head on Jan. 1, 2012.

The 2012 calf crop is estimated at 870,000 head, up from 2011’s record low calf crop of 860,000 head.

Access this complete report at: http://usda01.library. cornell.edu/usda/current/ Catt/Catt-02-01-2013.pdf.

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