JANUARY 1 CATTLE INVENTORY DOWN FROM LAST YEAR

Columbia, S.C., January 30, 2004: All cattle and calves on SOUTH CAROLINA farms on January 1, 2004 were estimated at 425,000 head, down 2 percent from January 1, 2003, the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service announced today. This level ranks South Carolina 38th among all states while Texas ranks first at 13.9 million head with Kansas and Nebraska coming in second and third, respectively, at 6.7 and 6.3 million head.

The total inventory of 425,000 head includes 218,000 beef cows, 17,000 milk cows, 17,000 bulls weighing 500 pounds or more, 32,000 beef replacement heifers, 7,000 milk replacement heifers, and 12,000 other heifers, all weighing 500 pounds or more. Also included are 15,000 steers weighing 500 pounds or more and 107,000 calves weighing less than 500 pounds. The South Carolina calf crop for 2003 totaled 190,000 head, up 3 percent from 2003.

All cattle and calves in the UNITED STATES as of January 1, 2004, totaled 94.9 million head, 1 percent below the 96.1 million on January 1, 2003.

All cows and heifers that have calved in the UNITED STATES were estimated at 41.9 million, down 1 percent from the 42.1 million on January 1, 2003. Beef cows, at 32.86 million, were down slightly from January 1, 2003. Milk cows, at 8.99 million, were down 2 percent from January 1, 2003. Other class estimates on January 1, 2004 and the change from January 1, 2003, are as follows: All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.3 million, down 1 percent. Beef replacement heifers, 5.52 million, down 2 percent. Milk replacement heifers, 4.02 million, down 2 percent. Other heifers, 9.80 million, down 1 percent. Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 16.3 million, down 2 percent. Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.21 million, down 2 percent. Calves under 500 pounds, 15.2 million, down 2 percent.

The 2003 calf crop in the UNITED STATES was estimated at 37.9 million head, down 1 percent from 2002. Calves born during the first half of the year are estimated at 27.7 million, down 1 percent from 2002.

 

For additional information call:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician