EAST LANSING, Mich. — All cattle and calves in Indiana as of January 1, 2020, were 840,000 head, down 5 percent from last year, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. Indiana highlights from the January 1 report follow:
- Beef cow numbers decreased 5 percent to 194,000 head. Beef replacement heifers decreased 9 percent to 41,000 head.
- Milk cows decreased 3 percent to 176,000 head. Heifers for milk cow replacement decreased 13 percent to 70,000 head.
- The 2019 calf crop was 335,000 head, down 4 percent from 2018.
Nationally, all cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2020 totaled 94.4 million head, slightly below the 94.8 million head on January 1, 2019. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.7 million head, were 1 percent below the 41.0 million head on January 1, 2019. Beef cows, at 31.3 million head, were down 1 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.33 million head, were down slightly from the previous year.
All heifers 500 pounds and over as of January 1, 2020 totaled 20.1 million head, slightly below the 20.2 million head on January 1, 2019. Beef replacement heifers, at 5.77 million head, were down 2 percent from a year ago. Milk replacement heifers, at 4.64 million head, were down 1 percent from the previous year. Other heifers, at 9.71 million head, were 1 percent above a year earlier.
— USDA Natural Agricultural Statistics Service, Indiana Field Office
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