July 2, 2022
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North Dakota cattle down 1 percent

All cattle and calves in North Dakota as of January 1, 2012 totaled 1.69 million head, down 1 percent from 1.70 million head on January 1, 2011, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. This is the fifth consecutive yearly decrease in herd size since January 1, 2007 when total inventory was 1.85 million head. For the current inventory, the only categories to show an increase were bulls weighing 500 pounds or more and calves under 500 pounds. All other categories decreased from the previous year, except milk replacement heifers 500 pounds and over and steers weighing 500 pounds or more, both of which showed no change from a year ago.

All cows and heifers that have calved as of January 1, 2012, at 880,000 head, were down from 900,000 cows a year ago and 890,000 cows on January 1, 2010. Beef cows, at 862,000 head, were down from 880,000 cows the previous year and below 869,000 cows on January 1, 2010.

Milk cows, at 18,000 head, were down from 20,000 cows a year ago and have now declined in number for six consecutive years.

All heifers 500 pounds and over, at 393,000 head, were down from 420,000 head last year and slightly below 395,000 head on January 1, 2010. Beef cow replacement heifers, at 183,000 head, were slightly down from last year’s 185,000 head but still above 165,000 head on January 1, 2010. Milk cow replacement heifers, at 10,000 head, have remained steady since 2010. Other heifers, at 200,000 head, were down from 225,000 head a year ago and 220,000 head on January 1, 2010.

Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, at 255,000 head, were equal to a year ago but down from 275,000 head on January 1, 2010. Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, at 57,000 head, were up from 55,000 head year ago but down from 2010. Calves under 500 pounds, at 105,000 head, were up from 70,000 head a year ago and 100,000 head on January 1, 2010. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, at 60,000 head, remained steady from a year ago but was down from 90,000 head on January 1, 2010.

The 2011 calf crop is estimated at a record low 860,000 head, down from 2010’s calf crop of 880,000 and 2009’s calf crop of 890,000 head.

Source: USDA NASS ND Field Office

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