(WASHINGTON D.C.) — There were 95.9 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of July 1, 2023, according to the Cattle Inventory report published on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That number is down 3% from July 1st, 2022.
The latest Cattle on Feed report was released as well on Friday and it showed cattle and calves on feed totaled 11.2 million head on July 1, 2023. The inventory was 2 percent below July 1, 2022. The inventory included 6.73 million steers and steer calves, down 3 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 60 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.47 million head, unchanged from 2022.
Other key findings in the Cattle Inventory report were:
- Of the 95.9 million head inventory, all cows and heifers that have calved totaled 38.8 million.
- There are 29.4 million beef cows in the United States as of July 1, 2023, down 3% from last year.
- The number of milk cows in the United States remained unchanged at 9.40 million.
- U.S. calf crop was estimated at 33.8 million head, down 2% from 2022.
- All cattle on feed were at 13.1 million head, down 2% from 2022.
Find the latest Cattle on Feed report here: https://downloads.usda.library.cornell.edu/usda-esmis/files/m326m174z/np194s188/319803765/cofd0723.pdf
Find the Cattle Inventory report here: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/2023/07-21-2023.php#:~:text=There%20are%2029.4%20million%20beef,%2C%20down%202%25%20from%202022.