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2005 Equine Survey

Released:  March

LIGHT BREED HORSES DOMINATE NEW YORK’S
EQUINE INDUSTRY

The inventory of light breed horses in New York State totaled 113,400 head on December 31, 2005, according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.  This number, which accounted for 58 percent of the 197,000 total equine in the State, was up 13 percent from the 2000 light breed total of 100,500 head.  Among the light breeds, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Pintos/Paints and Crossbreds posted strong increases, while Arabians, Half Arabians and Morgans showed strong declines. 

Race horse breeds have shown a marked shift since 2000.  While the number of Thoroughbreds increased nine percent to 33,300, the number of Standardbreds rose 47 percent to 16,900 head.  Standardbreds comprised 27 percent of race horse breeds in 2000 but 34 percent on December 31, 2005.  This increase is attributed to the changes in the harness horse industry in the past couple of years.  Along with the increase in number, Standardbreds also increased in value with an 84 percent increase in total value to $222 million.

Most breeds have increased in average value since 2000, with the largest increases in the value of draft horses and ponies. 

These results are from the first comprehensive survey of New York’s equine industry in 5 years.  The survey is the result of a cooperative effort supported by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the equine industry.  The information in this release is available on our website or by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.


EQUINE INVENTORY AND VALUE BY BREED,
New York, 2000 and 2005

Breeds

Number

Value


Average Value
1/
 

2000

2005

2000

2005

2000

2005

 

Head

Thousand dollars

Dollars

   

   Light Breeds

100,500

113,400

497,520

598,030

4,950

5,270

     Quarter Horse

29,600

38,100

115,440

156,210

3,900

4,100

     Saddlebred

2,500

2,600

15,750

22,100

6,300

8,500

     Appaloosa

8,500

8,100

19,550

20,250

2,300

2,500

     Arabian

9,200

7,900

44,160

35,550

4,800

4,500

     Half Arabian

3,600

3,100

10,800

10,540

3,000

3,400

     Morgan

9,000

8,200

38,700

33,620

4,300

4,100

     Palomino

1,600

NA

4,960

NA

3,100

NA

     Pinto or Paint

6,800

8,200

21,760

28,700

3,200

3,500

     Warmblood

6,700

8,400

134,000

184,800

20,000

22,000

     Haflingers

NA

3,000

NA

7,200

NA

2,400

     Crossbreds

11,000

14,200

26,400

46,860

2,400

3,300

     Other Light

12,000

11,600

66,000

52,200

5,500

4,500

             

 Race Horse   Breeds

42,000

50,200

1,142,500

1,139,880

27,200

22,710

     Standardbred

11,500

16,900

120,750

221,880

10,500

13,100

     Thoroughbred

30,500

33,300

1,021,750

918,000

33,500

27,600

             

   Draft Breeds

11,500

12,100

29,380

37,480

2,550

3,100

     Belgian

6,100

6,000

13,420

13,200

2,200

2,200

     Percheron

3,200

3,400

8,320

9,520

2,600

2,800

     Clydesdale

700

900

2,240

4,860

3,200

5,400

     Other

1,500

1,800

5,400

9,900

3,600

5,500

             

   Ponies

11,500

11,200

29,900

43,610

2,600

3,890

     Welsh

2,700

3,200

9,450

21,760

3,560

6,800

     Shetland

2,100

2,300

2,520

2,300

1,200

1,000

     Connemara

500

800

3,050

6,320

6,100

7,900

     Other

6,200

4,900

14,880

13,320

2,400

2,700

             

   Miniature Horses

NA

6,600

NA

9,240

NA

1,400

             

   Donkeys & Mules

2,500

3,500

2,500

2,800

1,000

800

             

   TOTAL EQUINE

168,000

197,000

1,701,800

1,831,040

10,130

9,300

   

1/    Breed categories rounded.
NA - Not available.


SARATOGA NUMBER ONE COUNTY
FOR EQUINE

Saratoga ranked number one in both number of equine and total value, according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA, NASS, New York Field Office.  Saratoga had 11,000 equine with a total value of $250.5 million on December 31, 2005.  Inventory was seven percent less than on September 1, 2000, and value decreased 21 percent.

The remaining top five counties for equine inventory were (2) Dutchess with 9,500 head, (3) Orange with 8,500 head, (4) Erie with 7,900 head, and (5) Nassau with 6,300 head.  These four counties all showed increases in equine inventory.

The remaining top five counties for equine value were (2) Nassau with $221.0 million, (3) Dutchess with $132.4 million, (4) Suffolk with $126.7 million, and (5) Orange with $113.3 million.  While Nassau’s equine value decreased, Dutchess, Suffolk, and Orange counties increased in value from September 1, 2000.  The total value of the top five counties was $858.6 million, or 47 percent of the total value in the state.  



EQUINE INVENTORY - December 31, 2005





EQUINE INVENTORY AND VALUE, 2000 and 2005

County

Head

Total Value

Sept.1,
2000

Dec. 31,
2005

Rank in
2005

Sept. 1,
2000

Dec. 31,
2005

Rank in
2005

 

Head

Thousand Dollars

Jefferson

4,300

3,000

29

13,760

8,380

45

Lewis

1,200

1,000

56

3,300

2,670

56

St. Lawrence

2,900

3,400

25

8,990

9,240

40

Northern, Total

8,400

7,400

 

26,050

20,290

 

Clinton

1,500

2,200

39

6,150

8,540

42

Essex

1,000

1,700

49

3,100

7,190

50

Franklin

800

1,200

53

2,560

4,810

55

Hamilton

100

100

58

180

230

58

Warren

1,200

1,200

54

5,100

9,770

39

Northeast, Total

4,600

6,400

 

17,090

30,540

 

Erie

7,200

7,900

  4

48,240

34,700

12

Genesee

2,100

1,800

44

10,080

8,110

47

Livingston

3,300

4,400

11

13,200

19,760

22

Monroe

5,700

5,100

10

27,930

23,080

18

Niagara

3,000

3,100

27

12,000

12,320

32

Ontario

3,700

4,100

15

22,570

18,510

24

Orleans

1,400

2,400

37

4,060

9,100

41

Seneca

900

1,300

52

1,800

4,870

54

Wayne

2,000

3,500

23

6,600

13,790

29

Wyoming

1,800

2,400

38

5,220

9,880

38

Yates

1,200

1,900

42

3,480

8,500

43

Western,Total

32,300

37,900

 

155,180

162,620

 

Cayuga

2,200

2,800

32

7,700

12,830

31

Chenango

2,900

3,100

28

10,440

15,880

26

Cortland

1,600

2,200

40

3,680

10,380

35

Herkimer

1,600

1,900

43

4,800

7,990

48

Madison

2,600

4,100

16

12,220

20,630

20

Oneida

5,500

5,900

  7

31,350

36,140

11

Onondaga

3,700

5,400

  9

17,760

27,490

15

Oswego

2,000

2,500

36

11,000

11,050

33

Otsego

3,500

4,400

12

11,200

21,300

19

Central,Total

25,600

32,300

 

110,150

163,690

 

Albany

2,900

3,000

30

15,080

29,320

14

Fulton

1,000

1,100

55

4,700

6,860

51

Montgomery

2,400

2,900

31

7,680

20,490

21

Rensselaer

2,500

3,600

21

12,750

34,140

13

Saratoga

11,800

11,000

  1

317,420

250,520

  1

Schenectady

1,500

1,800

45

7,200

19,420

23

Schoharie

2,000

1,800

46

10,600

15,140

27

Washington

2,700

3,900

18

13,230

40,450

10

Eastern,Total

26,800

29,100

 

388,660

416,340

 

Allegany

2,300

2,600

35

7,360

6,720

52

Cattaraugus

3,500

3,800

19

9,800

9,900

37

Chautauqua

3,800

4,300

13

10,640

10,920

34

Steuben

4,500

4,000

17

13,050

10,240

36

Southwest,Total

14,100

14,700

 

40,850

37,780

 

Broome

2,500

3,500

24

14,250

18,330

25

Chemung

1,700

1,700

50

7,310

7,220

49

Schuyler

1,100

1,400

51

2,200

5,500

53

Tioga

1,600

2,000

41

5,120

8,490

44

Tompkins

2,900

2,800

33

11,310

13,430

30

Southern, Total

9,800

11,400

 

40,190

52,970

 

Columbia

2,400

4,300

14

63,600

46,800

  8

Delaware

2,200

3,600

22

7,260

14,100

28

Dutchess

7,000

9,500

  2

126,000

132,400

  3

Greene

2,000

1,800

47

11,400

8,250

46

Orange

6,800

8,500

3

59,840

113,250

  5

Putnam

1,100

1,800

48

21,450

24,960

16

Rockland

600

400

57

5,400

2,200

57

Sullivan

2,300

3,200

26

20,470

24,610

17

Ulster

4,200

5,600

  8

35,280

46,510

  9

Westchester

3,500

3,800

20

121,100

87,040

  7

Southeast,Total

32,100

42,500

 

471,800

500,120

 

Nassau

5,400

6,300

  5

287,280

221,030

  2

Suffolk

5,800

6,200

  6

63,800

126,660

  4

New York 1/

3,100

2,800

34

100,750

99,000

  6

Long Island/NYC,Total

14,300

15,300

 

451,830

446,690

 
             

State

168,000

197,000

 

1,701,800

1,831,040

 
  1/  Includes Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond.