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

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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

• Cattle inventory (as of Jan 1, 2015): 89.8 million, up 1% from Jan. 2014.
• Economic impact: $44 billion in farm gate receipts (USDA NASS)
• Number of farms and ranches specializing in beef cattle: 619,172 (2012)
• Number of cattle & calf operations: 915,000 (2012)
29.7 million beef cows
9.3 million milk cows
5.8 million beef replacement heifers, up 4% from Jan. 2014
33.3 million head calf crop (2015)
• The average cow herd size: 40 head
• Value of U.S. beef exports: $5.711 billion (2013), up from $3.839 billion in 2010
• Top export markets: Japan, Canada, Mexico and South Korea
• Top 5 states for all cattle and calves (2015):
1. Texas - 11.8 million
2. Nebraska - 6.30 million
3. Kansas - 6 million
4. California - 5.2 million
5. Oklahoma - 4.6 million
• Top 5 states for cattle in feedlots with capacity more than 1000 head (October 2015)
1. Nebraska - 2.27 million
2. Texas - 2.490 million
3. Kansas - 2.02 million
4. Colorado - .830 million
5. Iowa - .600 million
• Average producer age: 58.3 (USDA 2012 Ag Census)
• U.S. beef production (commercial carcass weight) was 25.8 billion pounds.
• The total U.S. beef consumed was 25.5 billion pounds.
• Average annual U.S. retail Choice beef price in 2013 was $5.29/lb.
• U.S. commercial slaughter total was 31.9 million head

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