The number of cattle and calves in Kansas, as of Jan. 1, was up 3 percent to 6 million head, compared to Jan. 1, 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Kansas cattle industry is emerging from a multi-year drought, and in 2014 ranchers kept an increasing numbers of heifers and calves back to expand herds. High prices for beef are encouraging ranchers to expand their herds. Milk prices have also been strong, which has encouraged dairies to increase their herds.
In Kansas, compared to a year ago:
▪ Cows and heifers that had calved numbered 1.62 million, up 5 percent.
▪ Beef cows totaled 1.48 million, up 4 percent.
▪ Milk cows totaled 143,000 head, up 5 percent.
▪ Cattle in Kansas feedlots numbered 2.18 million head, up 2 percent.
▪ Calves born in 2014 totaled 1.32 million, up 3 percent.