Northeast Family Farms

The state beef councils located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions periodically feature farm families located within their state that strive everyday to provide beef consumers with a wholesome, nutritious and high-quality product.  We would love for you to meet some of them!

Pennsylvania 4-H members preparing their cattle for show

Mid-Atlantic cattle feeder displaying corn silage from his feed bunk 

Virginia Farm Families

New York Farm Families

Pennsylvania Farm Families 

Beef Board Member; Jana Malot talks about the value of the Beef Checkoff Program in this 2:07 minute YouTube video.





Beef & Cattle Industry Statistics in the Northeast

 

New England States

 

Maine-

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in ME totaled 30,000 while beef cows totaled 11,000 head. 

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in ME
totaled 86,256 head, ranking 43th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in ME is valued at $31 million, ranking 43rd nationally
• Maine is home to nearly 8,200 farms

New Hampshire

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in NH totaled 14,000 while beef cows totaled 3,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in NH totaled 33,392 head, ranking 46th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in NH is valued at $9.4 million, ranking 47th nationally
• New Hampshire is home to nearly 4,400 farms

Vermont

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in VT totaled 132,000 while beef cows totaled 12,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in VT totaled 274,251 head, ranking 40th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in VT is valued at $61 million, ranking 41stnationally
• Vermont is home to nearly 7,300 farms

Massachusetts

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in MA totaled 12,500 while beef cows totaled 5,500 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in MA totaled 35,703 head, ranking 45th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in MA is valued at $9.5 million, ranking 45th nationally
• Massachusetts is home to nearly 7,800 farms

Rhode Island

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in RI totaled 900 while beef cows totaled 1,500 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in RI totaled 4,667 head, ranking 50th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in RI is valued at $1.1 million, ranking 49th nationally
• Rhode Island is home to nearly 1,240 farms

Connecticut

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in CT totaled 19,000 while beef cows totaled 5,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in CT totaled 48,278 head, ranking 44th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in CT is valued at $9.7 million, ranking 44thnationally.
• Connecticut is home to nearly 6,000 farms

Mid-Atlantic States

 

New York

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in NY totaled 615,000 while beef cows totaled 115,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in NY totaled 1,419,365 head, ranking 21th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in NY is valued at $449 million, ranking 30th nationally
• New York is home to nearly 35,500 farms

Pennsylvania

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in PA totaled 530,000 while beef cows totaled 150,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory in PA is valued at $717 million, ranking 22ndnationally.
• All cattle in PA totaled 1,626,000 head, ranking 19th in the country for cattle inventory.
• PA was home to nearly 25,100 cattle farms, including 11,800 beef cattle farms.
• Pennsylvania ranked 14th among all states in commercial red meat production.

New Jersey

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in NJ totaled 7,000 while beef cows totaled 7,500 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in NJ totaled 31,449 head, ranking 47th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in NJ is valued at $8.8 million, ranking 48th nationally
• New Jersey is home to nearly 9,100 farms

Maryland

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in MD totaled 50,000 while beef cows totaled 41,000 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in MD totaled 194,524 head, ranking 41th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in MD is valued at $69 million, ranking 40th nationally
• Maryland is home to nearly 12,300 farms

Delaware

As of January 1, 2015, milk cow inventory in DE totaled 5,000 while beef cows totaled 2,500 head.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture:
• Cattle inventory (including calves) in DE totaled 18,225 head, ranking 48th in the country for cattle inventory.
• Cattle inventory in DE is valued at $9.4 million, ranking 46th nationally
• DE is home to nearly 2,500 farms

Courtesy of USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Annual Statistical Bulletin http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/New_England/ 

National Beef Industry Statistics

 

Beef Industry Overview

Most unique and complex lifecycle of any food, includes variety of segments
Takes 2-3 years to bring beef from farm to fork
2016 Forecasted Economic impact: $67.56 billion in farm cash receipts for cattle and calves1

Evolution of Beef Industry

The U.S. beef production system used to be inefficient- cattle were moved around based on the location of grass at any given time
The first widespread early cattle feedyards in the nation were built by cottonseed oil-mill operators in the 1850s to utilize mill by-products
Around 1914, due to a drop in number of cattle, we started feeding cattle at earlier age, which resulted in higher-quality meat.

U.S. Beef Community

Average age of a principle beef cattle rancher is 58.32 years
913,246 total cattle & calf operations2.

Of these:
727,906 are beef farms and ranches.

Of these:
91% are family-owned or individually-operated
11% are operated by women
26,586 are engaged in cattle feedlot production. Of these:
80% are family owned or individually operated
5% are operated by women
64,098 are milk cow operations

Cattle inventory

93.5 million, up 1.8% from January 20163
31.2 million beef cows
6.4 million beef replacement heifers in 2017, a 1.3% increase from 2016
9.35 million milk cows
35 million head calf crop (2016)
The average beef cow herd size is 40 head of cattle2
Of the 30,219 feedlots those with less than 1,000 head of capacity compose the vast majority of U.S. feedlots (93%)5
As of Jan. 1, 2016 of the 13.1 million head on feed, feedlots with greater than 1,000 head capacity account for 81% of all cattle on feed5

Beef Production

U.S. beef production in 2016 (commercial carcass weight) was 25.2 billion pounds4
U.S. commercial slaughter in 2016 was 30.5 million head3
The amount of beef consumed in the U.S. (i.e. purchased by consumers in foodservice and retail) in 2016 was 25.668 billion pounds1
The amount of beef consumed in the U.S. Per Capita 55.7 lbs
Average price of USDA Choice beef sold in retail in 2016 was $5.96/lb down from $6.29/lb in 20151
Value of U.S. beef exports (including variety meat) in 2016: $6.343 billion, up from $6.302 billion in 20156
Volume of beef export: 1,187,050 (metric tons) in 2016 up from 1,067,614 (metric tons) in 20156

Top U.S. beef exports markets (including variety meat) for 2016 (in order)3:

Japan: 258,653 metric tons; $1,510 million
Mexico: 242,373 metric tons; $975 million
South Korea: 179,280 metric tons; $1,059 million
Canada: 116,266 metric tons; $758 million
Hong Kong: 112,770 metric tons; $684 million
Middle East: 104,488 metric tons; $216 million

Top 5 states that raise cattle and calves as of Jan. 1, 20173:

Texas – 12.3 million
Nebraska - 6.45 million
Kansas – 6.4 million
California - 5.15 million
Oklahoma - 5 million

Top 5 states for cattle in feedlots with capacity more than 1,000 head as of Jan. 1, 20173:

Texas - 2.42 million
Nebraska - 2.37 million
Kansas - 2.17 million
Colorado - .900 million
Iowa - .600 million

1U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 2016
2U.S. Department of Agriculture, Census of Agriculture, 2012
3Livestock Marking Information Center, Jan. 1, 2016
4CattleFax Data 2016
5CME Group Daily Livestock Report 2016
6U.S. Meat Export Federation 2016

*See more at: http://www.beefusa.org/beefindustrystatistics.aspx#sthash.wxHnISiC.dpuf