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U.S. and Canada’s Cattle Inventory Down Two Percent

The USDA says all cattle and calves in the United States and Canada combined totaled 98.2 million head on January 1, 2024, down two percent from the 100 million head on January 1, 2023. The all cows and heifers that have calved inventory was down two percent from last year to 42 million head.

All cattle and calves in the U.S. as of January 1, 2024, totaled 87.2 million head, down two percent from the 88.8 million head on January 1, 2023. The all cows and heifers that have calved inventory was 37.6 million head, two percent lower than last year. All cattle and calves in Canada on January 1 totaled 11.1 million head, two percent lower than last year.

All sheep and lambs in the U.S. and Canada combined to total 5.86 million head on January 1, down two percent from the 5.98 million head on January 1, 2023.

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