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Wisconsin Beef Continues to Impact State Economy
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/06/2010

More Wisconsin producers are adding beef cattle to their farm operations, which is making a noticeable contribution to the state's overall economy.

Statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture show 2,000 more farms raised beef cows in 2009 than did in 2008, with a total of 265,000 beef cows on 14,800 farms in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's entire meat industry, which includes beef, pork, lamb and poultry, accounts for more than 88,000 total jobs in the state.

It is the fourth largest manufacturing industry in Wisconsin, with 14 federally-inspected and more than 125 state-inspected processing plants.

The state also ranks 11th in the nation for total red meat production, boasting a $12.3 billion economic impact.

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