USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service has released their U.S. Cattle Inventory report, and the new numbers show a 2 percent increase over last year, at 93.6 million head. Here in the Southeast, the numbers show an increase of 4 percent in Alabama, a 1 percent increase in Florida, while Georgia’s cattle inventory is unchanged from last year.
All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2017 totaled 93.6 million head, 2 percent above the 91.9 million head on January 1, 2016. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.6 million head, were up 3 percent. Beef cows, at 31.2 million head, were up 3 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.35 million head, were up slightly from the previous year. Alabama all cattle and calves totaled 1.30 million head, an increase of 4 percent from January 1, 2016. Florida inventory, up 1 percent from last year, totaled 1.70 million head. All cattle and calves in Georgia totaled 1.10 million, unchanged from the previous year. South Carolina inventory is unchanged from last year at 340,000 head.
Read the full USDA/NASS Southern Region Cattle Inventory report. (.pdf)