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Wisconsin's Overall Cattle Numbers Grew Since Last Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/01/2017

All cattle and calves in Wisconsin as of January 1 totaled 3.55 million head. According to the USDA's latest cattle report, that was up one percent from the same time a year earlier.

State cattlemen had 290,000 beef cows on hand as of last month, about seven percent more than in early 2016. Milk cows, at 1.28 million, was unchanged in the latest report.

The number of heifers at 500 pounds and over totaled 840,000 head, down two percent from last January, while heifers for beef cow replacement were unchanged at 80,000 head. Heifers for milk cow replacement totalled 710,000 head, about three percent less than the previous year; and all other heifers were up 11 percent for the year at 50,000 head.

Meanwhile, the total number of steers weighing 500 pounds and over were up five percent at 400,000 head. Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over remained the same at 30,000 head. Calves under 500 pounds on January 1, 2017, totaled 710,000 head, up four percent.

The 2016 calf crop was estimated at 1.42 million head, up three percent from the 2015 calf crop. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots totaled 270,000 head, down two percent from one year ago.

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