Nebraska Surpasses Texas for Cattle Feeding

Nebraska is commonly referred to as the "Beef State" and its living up to its nickname. According the US Department of Agriculture's National Ag Statistics Service, Nebraska has become No. 1 cattle feeding state in the nation, surpassing the state of Texas, which has historically held the No. 1 spot

In the February first cattle on feed report, Nebraska has 2.46 million head of cattle on feed in feedlots with one-thousand or more head. Texas had 2.44 million head and Kansas comes in third nationally with 2 million head of cattle.

"Over the past decade the Nebraska agriculture industry has worked collectively to develop the cattle, corn and ethanol sectors, knowing that together the three could have great synergy. I think our continued growth in cattle feeding, culminating in Nebraska taking over the No. 1 position,is a positive reflection of that fact", said Greg Ibach, Nebraska State Ag Director in a press release.

This news follows the preliminary report from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that finds Nebraska is one of about 15 states in the nation that is seeing a increase in the number of farms in the state.

Nebraska's inventory is slightly less than a year ago. Placements during January totaled 545,000 head, up 17 percent from 2013. This is the highest January placements since the data series began in 1994.
Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 470,000 head, up 2 percent from last year. This is the highest January marketings since the data series began in 1994.

Other disappearance during January totaled 15,000 head, unchanged from last year.

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