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USDA Cattle Inventory                  01/30 14:05

 (Dow Jones) -- As of January 1, there were 89.8 million head of 
cattle and calves on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report 
published Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the 
first increase in U.S. herd inventory since 2007.

Other key findings in the report were:
-- There are 29.7 million beef cows in the United States as of 
January 1, 2015. This is up 2 percent from last year.
-- The number of milk cows in the United States increased to 9.3 
million.
-- U.S. calf crop was estimated at 33.9 million head, up 1 
percent from 2013.
-- Of the 89.8 million cattle and calves, 39.0 million were all 
cows and heifers that have calved.
-- All cattle on feed increased to 13.1 million, up 1 percent 
from 2014.
To obtain an accurate measurement of the current state of the 
U.S. cattle industry, NASS surveyed more than 38,200 operators 
across the nation during the first half of January. NASS 
interviewers collected the data by mail, telephone, internet, 
and through face-to-face personal interviews. NASS asked all 
participating producers to report their cattle inventories as of 
January 1, 2015.

The semiannual Cattle report and all other NASS reports are 
available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

The following estimates were compiled by the Wall Street 
Journal. 

Estimates are in percentages of the year-earlier figure. 

 
                    USDA's                 Average        Range 

All cattle & calves  101      99.9       99.7-100.0 
Annual Calf Crop     101      98.5       97.0- 99.3 
Total Cows/Heifers 
Calved               102     100.6       99.9-101.5 
Beef Cows/Heifers
 Calved              102     100.6       99.7-101.6 
Dairy Cows/Heifers
 Calved              101     100.5       99.9-100.9 
Heifers 500 pounds/
 over                101      99.7       99.3-100.0 
Beef Replacement     104     102.7      101.8-103.9 
Milk Replacement     101     100.3      100.0-100.8 
 Other Heifers               100                     97.5       
96.0- 98.5 
 
Steers 500 Pounds/Over       101                     99.0       
97.9- 99.9 
Bulls 500 Pounds/Over        103                    100.2       
99.9-100.3 
Calves Under 500 Pounds      101                     99.0       
97.0-100.5 
 
Note: USDA rounds its estimates to the nearest whole number.
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