January cattle and calf inventory falls to 1958 low - Mountain Grove News-Journal : Business

January cattle and calf inventory falls to 1958 low

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:38 am

The January 1, 2012 all cattle and calf inventory for Missouri fell to its lowest point since 1958. The inventory totaled 3.90 million head, one percent below the 3.95 million head on January 1, 2011.

"The number of cattle in Missouri continued to decline over the past year. This is the sixth straight year of decline and our estimated inventory is over a half a million below the total inventory in 2006," said Robert Garino, Acting Director, of USDA's Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.

Compared with a year ago, beef cow numbers, at 1.857 million head, were down 8,000 head, or one percent. Milk cows decreased 2,000 head from last year to 93,000 head.

All beef replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, down 10 percent to 270,000 head; milk replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, down 20 percent to 40,000 head; other heifers 500 pounds and over, up nine percent to 240,000 head from the previous year's estimate; steers 500 pounds and over, down eight percent to 360,000 head from the 2011 estimate of 390,000 head; bulls 500 pounds and over, stayed the same 100,000; and calves under 500 pounds, up one percent to 940,000 head from the 2011 estimate for the state of Missouri.

The 2011 calf crop was estimated at 1.82 million head, down two percent from the 2010 calf crop of 1.85 million head.

Cattle on feed for slaughter market, at 55,000 head, was up 5,000 head from January 1, 2011.