Beef Cattle Production Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: USDA, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,
Research Date: 11.9.2012
Beef production is the largest single segment of American agriculture. The U.S. beef industry is comprised of more than 1,000,000 businesses, farms and ranches with over 800,000 ranchers and cattle producers in the U.S. The beef producing industry is also a family affair as 98% of cattle farms were family owned with the average herd size being 40 head of cattle.
Beef Statistics Data
U.S. per capita spending on beef in 2009 $261.90
Percent of all meat purchases spent on beef 47.8 %
Average feedyard cost per cattle head $494
Top Cattle Producing States (Including Dairy Cows) Percent of U.S. Cattle
Texas 14.3 %
Kansas 6.9 %
Nebraska 6.8 %
California 5.6 %
Oklahoma 5.6 %
Missouri 4.5 %
Iowa 4.1 %
South Dakota 3.8 %
Wisconsin 3.5 %
Colorado 2.8 %
Top Markets for U.S. Beef Exports (2011) Value
Canada $1,039,000,000
Japan $872,000,000
Mexico $790,000,000
South Korea $661,000,000
Top Beef Producing Countries Percent of Production
United States 25 %
Brazil 20 %
Europe (27) 17 %
China 12 %
Argentina 6 %
India 6 %
Australia 4 %
Mexico 4 %
Russia 3 %
Pakistan 3 %
Retail Equivalent Value of U.S. Beef Industry Value
2011 $79,000,000,000
2005 $71,000,000,000
2002 $60,000,000,000
Total U.S. Beef Consumption Pounds
2011 25,600,000,000 lbs
2005 27,800,000,000 lbs
2002 27,900,000,000 lbs
Value of U.S. Cattle and Calf Production Value
2011 $45,200,000,000
2005 $36,600,000,000
2002 $27,100,000,000
U.S. Beef Production (Commercial Carcass Weight) Pounds
2011 26,290,000,000 lbs
2005 24,680,000,000 lbs
2002 27,090,000,000 lbs
U.S. Beef Exports as Percent of Production Percent
2011 10.6 %
2005 2.8 %
2001 9 %
U.S. Commercial Slaughter Head of Cattle
2011 34,100,000
2005 32,387,000
2002 35,735,000
Cattle Inventory Head of Cattle
Jan 1, 2012 90,800,000
Jan 1, 2011 92,700,000
Jan 1, 2006 96,300,000
Jan 1, 2003 96,100,000
Jan 1, 1996 103,500,000
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