Source: USDA NASS
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their cattle inventory numbers and values of all cattle and calves, number of operations and size group estimates Friday afternoon. Report numbers reveal that the inventory of all cattle and calves in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2012, totaled 90.8 million head, a drop of 2 percent below the 92.7 million total on Jan. 1, 2011. This is the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 39.1 million, were down 2 percent from 40.0 million on Jan. 1, 2011.
Beef cows, at 29.9 million, were down 3 percent from Jan. 1, 2011, numbers. The 2011 calf crop was estimated at 35.3 million head, down 1 percent from 2010. This is the smallest calf crop since the 34.9 million born during 1950. Calves born during the first half of 2011 are estimated at 25.7 million, down 1 percent from 2010.
- Oklahoma is down by 12 percent on all cattle and calves since numbers reported in January 2011.
- Texas is down by 11 percent on all cattle and calves since numbers reported in January 2011.
- In the number of beef cow replacements (heifers at 500 pounds or more) since January a year ago, Oklahoma is down 15 percent. Texas is down 10 percent.
- In calves under 500 pounds, Oklahoma is down 14 percent from last year at this time, while Texas is down 15 percent. A year ago, in January 2011, the calf crop total from the year before, in January 2010, was down 3 percent in both Oklahoma and Texas.
- The number of cows that have calved in Texas is down from 2011 numbers by 12 percent. Oklahoma is down in the same category by 14 percent.
Click here to go to the USDA-NASS webpage for the cattle report to download the entire report, available in the following file formats: text, pdf and zip.