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01 February 2013

USDA Cattle - February 2013USDA Cattle - February 2013

January 1 cattle inventory was down 2 percent. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since 1952.
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Introduction

  • USDA Cattle Report - February 2013
  • What It All Means - Expert Commentary
  • In the News - What the Media Says

For a PRINTABLE VERSION of the full 15-page report in PDF format, including all the tabular data that is not shown in this article, please click here

USDA Cattle Report - February 2013

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2013 totaled 89.3 million head, 2 percent below the 90.8 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.5 million, were down 2 percent from the 39.4 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cows and heifers that have calved since the 36.8 million head in 1941.

  • Beef cows, at 29.3 million, were down 3 percent from January 1, 2012.
  • Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from January 1, 2012.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2013 and the change from January 1, 2012, are as follows:

  • All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.1 million, down 1 percent.
  • Beef replacement heifers, 5.4 million, up 2 percent.
  • Milk replacement heifers, 4.6 million, down 2 percent.
  • Other heifers, 9.2 million, down 3 percent.
  • Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 15.8 million, unchanged.
  • Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.1 million, down 2 percent.
  • Calves under 500 pounds, 13.8 million, down 2 percent.
  • Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 13.4 million, down 5 percent.
  • The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.5 million, up 1 percent.

Calf Crop Down 3 Percent

The 2012 calf crop was estimated at 34.3 million head, down 3 percent from 2011. This is the smallest calf crop since the 33.7 million born during 1949. Calves born during the first half of 2012 are estimated at 25.0 million, down 3 percent from 2011.

Revisions

All inventory and calf crop estimates for July 1, 2011, January 1, 2012, and July 1, 2012 were reviewed using calf crop, official slaughter, import and export data, and the relationship of new survey information to the prior surveys. Based on the findings of this review, small adjustments of less than one-half percent were made to previously released inventory estimates by class.

State level estimates were reviewed and changes were made to reallocate inventory estimates to the United States total.


Cattle Inventory – United States: January 1

What It All Means - Expert Commentary

What the commentators and industry thinkers read into this data:


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In The News - What The Media Says

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Reliability of Cattle Estimates

To review this information, including the Statistical Methodology, Inventory and Reliability, please download the PDF. USDA Cattle Report - February 2013 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


February 2013

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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