Farm Talk

February 4, 2014

Cattle inventory down 2%; replacements up 2%


Associated Press

— All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, two percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013, according to USDA.

This is the lowest January 1 inventory since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.3 million, were down one percent from the 38.5 million on January 1, 2013. 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 29.0 million, were down one percent from January 1, 2013.

•Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from January 1, 2013.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2014 and the change from January 1, 2013, are as follows:

•All heifers 500 pounds and over, 18.8 million, down two percent.

•Beef replacement heifers, 5.5 million, up two percent.

•Milk replacement heifers, 4.5 million, unchanged.

•Other heifers, 8.7 million, down five percent.

•Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 15.4 million, down three percent.

•Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.0 million, down one percent.

•Calves under 500 pounds, 13.3 million, down four percent.

•Cattle on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 12.7 million, down five percent.

•The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 24.7 million, down three percent.

Calf Crop Down One Percent

The 2013 calf crop was estimated at 33.9 million head, down one percent from 2012. This is the smallest calf crop since the 33.7 million born during 1949. Calves born during the first half of 2013 are estimated at 24.7 million, down one percent from 2012.