Beef Industry Statistics

  • Cattle inventory (as of Jan 1, 2015):  89.8 million, up 1% from Jan. 2014.
  • Economic impact:  $44 billion in farm gate receipts (USDA NASS)
  • Number of farms and ranches specializing in beef cattle: 619,172 (2012) 
  • Number of cattle & calf operations: 915,000 (2012) 
    • 29.7 million beef cows 
    • 9.3 million milk cows
    • 5.8 million beef replacement heifers, up 4% from Jan. 2014
    • 33.3 million head calf crop (2015)
    • The average cow herd size: 40 head
  • Value of U.S. beef exports: $5.711 billion (2013), up from $3.839 billion in 2010 
    • Top export markets:  Japan, Canada, Mexico and South Korea 
  • Top 5 states for all cattle and calves (2015): 
      1. Texas - 11.8 million
      2. Nebraska - 6.30 million
      3. Kansas - 6 million
      4. California - 5.2 million
      5. Oklahoma - 4.6 million
  • Top 5 states for cattle in feedlots with capacity more than 1000 head (October 2015)
    1. Nebraska - 2.27 million
    2. Texas - 2.490 million
    3. Kansas - 2.02 million
    4. Colorado - .830 million
    5. Iowa - .600 million
  • Average producer age:  58.3 (USDA 2012 Ag Census)
  • U.S. beef production (commercial carcass weight) was 25.8 billion pounds.
  • The total U.S. beef consumed was 25.5 billion pounds. 
  • Average annual U.S. retail Choice beef price in 2013 was $5.29/lb.
  • U.S. commercial slaughter total was 31.9 million head    

 

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