Cattle numbers rising on Kansas ranches

The total number of cattle and calves on Kansas farms and ranches as of Jan. 1 was up 5 percent from a year ago, at 6.3 million.

As of Jan. 1, compared to last Jan. 1: cows and heifers that have calved were up 3 percent, at 1.60 million; beef cows were up 3 percent, at 1.48 million; milk cows were up 5 percent, at 122,000 head; bulls over 500 pounds were unchanged at 90,000. Beef replacement heifers were up 2 percent, at 245,000 head; milk replacement heifers were up 6 percent, at 85,000 head. Other heifers over 500 pounds, at 1.60 million head, increased 9 percent from last year's 1.47 million head. Steers over 500 pounds, at 1.99 million head, were up 5 percent from the previous year's number.

As of Jan. 1, all cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots were 2.40 million head, 1 percent more than the previous January. The 2010 calf crop, at 1.42 million head, was up 2 percent from 2009.