Montana Equine Inventory at 130,000 Head
Released: March 2, 1999
For more information contact: Thomas Chard at 1-800-835-2612.
Equine inventory in Montana on January 1, 1999 was 130,000 head, unchanged from the previous year. There were 12,000 head of equine sold during 1998. The total value of 1998 sales was estimated at $12.million, the same as a year earlier. Equine includes horses, ponies, mules, burros, and donkeys. This is the first release of the equine data series by the National Agricultural Statistics Service since estimates of horses on farms was discontinued in 1960.

Inventory of equine in the United States as of January 1, 1999 totaled 5.32 million head, up 1.3 percent from the 5.25 million head on January 1, 1998. Texas ranked first in equine inventory with 600,000 head followed by California, and Tennessee with 240,000 and 190,000 head, respectively. Florida, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania tied for fourth with an inventory of 170,000 head. Ohio ranked seventh with 160,000 head, followed by Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, and Washington with 155,000 head. An additional fifteen States had equine inventories of 100,000 head or more.

The January 1, 1998 total equine inventory was 5.25 million head. Equine located on farms totaled 3.20 million head. Equine located on non-farm places were 2.05 million head or 39.1 percent of the total.

Equine sold totaled 558,000 head in 1998, an increase of 3.3 percent from the 540,000 head sold in 1997. Texas had the most equine sold in 1998 at 60,000 head followed by Kentucky with 28,000 head, Michigan with 21,000 head, and Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee each with 18,000 head.

Value of Sales from equine sold in 1998 was $1.75 billion, up 6.9 percent from $1.64 billion in 1997. The top ten States were Kentucky, Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.