A report on U.S. cattle inventory shows 93.6 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of January 1, 2021, slightly below the 93.8 million last year. 

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service published the data Friday. Of the 93.6 million head inventory, all cows and heifers that have calved totaled 40.6 million. 

There were 31.2 million beef cows in the United States, down one percent from last year. 

The number of milk cows in the United States increased to 9.4 million. 

The 2020 calf crop in the United States was estimated at 35.1 million head, down one percent from the previous year’s calf crop. 

All cattle on feed were at 14.7 million head, up slightly from 2020. 

NASS surveyed over 34,900 operators across the nation during the first half of January. 

Surveyed producers were asked to report their cattle inventories and calf crop for the entire year of 2020.

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)