In January, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service collected cattle data from cattle owners across the U.S.. The January 1, 2021 inventory of all cattle and calves in New Mexico totaled 1.39 million head, down 3 percent from the January 1, 2020 inventory. This is the third year in a row that inventory numbers have decreased as the entire state continues to suffer from drought. The number of beef cows, at 463,000 head, were down 17,000 head from the previous year. Milk cows increased 7,000 head from last year to 337,000 head. New Mexico’s 2020 calf crop, at 610,000 head, is down 2 percent from 2019. Thank you to those who took the time to report and make sure New Mexico agriculture is counted.
For a full copy of the Cattle report, go here.