Ohio cattle inventory up 2 percent

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COLUMBUS — All cattle and calves in Ohio as of Jan. 1 were 1.25 million head, an increase of 2 percent from last year, according to Cheryl Turner, state statistician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Ohio field office.

Beef cow numbers increased 1 percent to 293,000. Beef replacement heifers were unchanged at 55,000 head. Milk cows decreased 1 percent to 267,000 head. Heifers for milk cow replacement increased 1 percent to 130,000 head.

The 2013 calf crop was 490,000 head, up 2 percent from 2012. Nationally, all cattle and calves in the United States as of Jan. 1 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on Jan. 1, 2013.

This is the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.3 million, were down 1 percent from the 38.5 million on Jan. 1, 2013.

This is the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all cows and heifers that have calved since the 36.8 million head in 1941. Beef cows, at 29 million, were down 1 percent from Jan. 1, 2013. Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from Jan. 1, 2013.

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