FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Monday, February 4, 2008
NEW YORK CATTLE INVENTORY INCREASES
New York cattle and calves totaled 1.45 million on January 1, 2008, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. All cattle and calves were 2 percent above the January 1 total of the previous year.
Milk cows, which comprise 43 percent of the total cattle in New York, numbered 626,000 head, down slightly from January of the previous year. New York remained third in the US in number of dairy cows behind California with 1.84 million and Wisconsin with 1.25 million. Milk cow replacement heifers were up 3 percent from a year earlier.
Beef cows totaled 104,000 head, down 7 percent from a year ago. Beef cow replacement heifers totaled 34,000 head, down 2,000 head from a year earlier. Other heifers and steers weighing 500 pounds or more, which are normally on feed for slaughter, were up 19 percent to 99,000 head. Bulls weighing 500 pounds or more were up 6 percent at 17,000 head. The 2007 New York calf crop totaled 500,000 head, down 9 percent from 2006.
All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2008, totaled 96.7 million head, slightly below the 97.0 million on January 1, 2007. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 41.8 million, were down 1 percent from the 42.0 million on January 1, 2007.
Beef cows, at 32.6 million, were down 1 percent from January 1, 2007. Milk cows, at 9.22 million, were up 1 percent from January 1, 2007. The 2007 calf crop was estimated at 37.4 million head, down slightly from 2006. Calves born during the first half of the year are estimated at 27.2 million, down 1 percent from 2006. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.