The latest Cattle Inventory Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) was released at the end of February.

The partial government shutdown affected a lot of government agencies and disrupted their normal operations. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual Cattle Inventory Report is one such example; usually released in January, it wasn’t put out until the end of February. See the details of the report, taken from a Southeast AgNet article, below.

Details of the Cattle Inventory Report

The latest Cattle Inventory Report maintains that the total number of all cattle and calves in the United States has increased slightly. As of January 1st, 2019, the total number of cattle and calves in the U.S. was 94.8 million head, up from the 94.3 million head on January 1, 2018.

The breakdown of the inventory are as follows:

  • All cows and heifers that have calved numbered 41.1 million head, up 1 percent from the total of 40.9 million head last January.
  • Beef cows were at 31.8 million head, up 1 percent from last year’s totals.
  • Milk cows were at 9.35 million head, down 1 percent from last year.

As to Florida, the inventory was at 1.68 million head, up 3 percent from 2018’s inventory totals. Florida is currently the 12th largest beef cattle state in the U.S, accounting for 2.88 percent of the U.S.’s total beef cattle inventory, according to a post.

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