State Cattle Herd Down 1 Percent

New York cattle and calves totaled 1.40 million on Jan. 1, 2013, according to Blair Smith, state statistician of the U.S. Agriculture Department, National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

All cattle and calves decreased 1 percent from the January 1 total of the previous year.

Milk cows, which comprise 44 percent of the total cattle in New York, numbered 610,000 head, unchanged from January of the previous year. New York remained third in the United States in number of dairy cows behind California with 1.78 million and Wisconsin with 1.27 million. Milk cow replacement heifers were unchanged from a year earlier.

Beef cows totaled 90,000 head, a 10 percent decrease from a year ago. Beef cow replacement heifers totaled 41,000 head, an 8 percent increase. Other heifers and steers weighing 500 pounds or more, which are normally on feed for slaughter, decreased 2 percent to 80,000 head. Bulls weighing 500 pounds or more were up 27 percent at 19,000 head. The 2012 New York calf crop totaled 530,000 head, equal to a year ago.