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Florida Farm Commodities
Beef Cattle and Calves

Florida Farm Commodities

Beef Cattle and Calves 

Florida beef cattle numbers and prices declined slightly in 1998, leading to a 6.2 percent drop in cash receipts from previous year. Price for all beef cattle fell 7.6 percent to $39 a hundred weight, the third lowest in 20 years. However, the overall sales of $293.3 million was the second highest in four years in a declining industry.

State cattlemen produced less than a million calves for the second year in a row, and slipped from 10th to 12th nationally and 2nd to 3rd in the Southeast in the number of brood cows.

Still, Florida remained ranked 4th nationally among states in number of herds with more than 500 brood cows. Florida has four of the nations 15 largest ranches, including THE largest with more than 35,000 brood cows on more than 300,000 acres.



Beef Cattle Inventory, Marketing and Cash Receipts

Year

Brood Cows

Calf Crop

Total Cows and Calves

Number Sold

Cash Receipts

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1,010,000

1,058,000

1,102,000

1,105,000

1,130,000

990,000

980,000

1,020,000

1,040,000

1,060,000

2,000,000

2,038,000

2,102,000

2,145,000

2,047,000

1,017,000

1,022,000

1,033,000

1,057,000

1,017,000

$293,327,000

$312,828,000

$217,008,000

$289,802,000

$335,837,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1,100,000

1,075,000

1,066,000

1,086,000

1,083,000

1,020,000

1,000,000

980,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

2,000,000

2,075,000

2,045,000

2,086,000

2,083,000

980,000

980,000

933,000

1,005,000

1,007,000

$362,497,000

$349,477,000

$363,351,000

$362,495,000

$359,986,000

1988

1987

1986

1985

1980

1,081,000

1,191,000

1,134,000

1,191,000

1,357,000

1,050,000

1,040,000

1,100,000

1,030,000

1,140,000

2,131,000

2,231,000

2,234,000

2,221,000

2,497,000

1,069,000

1,206,000

1,054,000

1,083,000

915,000

$386,352,000

$387,883,000

$272,920,000

$334,247,000

$347,000,000

1975

1970

1965

1960

1955

1,670,000

1,230,000

1,084,000

741,000

1,001,000

1,250,000

1,000,000

813,000

601,000

661,000

2,920,000

2,230,000

1,897,000

1,344,000

1,662,000

1,214,000

1,005,000

467,630

636,000

711,000

$185,639,000

$153,811,000

$82,765,000

$67,151,000

$41,273,000

1950

1945

1940

1935

1930

700,000

628,000

451,000

416,000

328,000

434,000

409,000

248,000

237,000

176,000

1,234,000

1,037,000

699,000

653,000

504,000

330,000

316,000

152,000

181,000

102,000

$33,108,000

$15,601,000

$5,168,000

$3,187,000

$1,803,000

1925

391,000

184,000

575,000

89,000

$2,331,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service


Florida Beef Cattle Inventory --- January 1999

Rank

County

Beef Cows

Calves & Others

Total BeefCattle

1

2

3

4

5

Okeechoobee

Highlands

Hendry

Osceola

Polk

63,000

68,000

54,000

69,000

56,000

55,000

37,500

42,000

27,000

34,800

118,000

105,500

97,000

96,000

90,800

6

7

8

9

10

DeSoto

Hardee

Glades

Hillsborough

Manatee

47,000

48,000

39,000

33,000

34,000

33,000

30,200

30,000

27,600

25,900

80,000

78,200

69,000

60,600

59,900

11

12

13

14

15

Sumter

Marion

Alachua

Levy

Pasco

28,000

26,000

26,000

21,000

22,000

18,000

18,900

16,200

15,600

12,900

46,000

44,900

42,200

36,600

34,900

16

17

18

19

20

St. Lucie

Jackson

Lake

Suwanee

Brevard

22,000

15,000

17,000

16,000

15,000

11,000

16,800

13,400

12,600

13,000

33,000

31,800

30,400

28,600

28,000

21

22

23

24T

24T

Martin

Charlotte

Sarasota

Indian River

Columbia

15,000

17,000

15,000

12,000

12,000

11,100

9,000

9,000

8,000

8,000

26,100

26,000

24,000

20,000

20,000

24T

24T

28T

28T

30

Madison

Gilchrist Hernando

Broward

Orange

10,000

9,000

9,500

5,500

10,000

8,000

8,400

6,900

10,500

5,000

18,000

17,400

16,000

16,000

15,000

31

32T

32T

34T

34T

Holmes

Lee

Volusia

Jefferson

Walton

8,000

8,000

7,000

6,500

5,000

6,800

5,000

6,000

5,500

7,000

14,800

13,000

13,000

12,000

12,000

36

37T

37T

39

40T

Union

Lafayette

Bradford

Citrus

Collier

7,500

4,000

5,500

6,500

6,500

3,500

6,000

4,500

3,000

2,500

11,000

10,000

10,000

9,500

9,000

Florida Beef Cattle Inventory --- January 1999 (continued)

 

Rank County

Beef

Cows

Calves &

Others**

Total Beef

Cattle

40T

40T

43

44

45

Putnam

Hamilton

Duval

Washington

Santa Rosa

5,500

6,000

4,000

4,000

4,000

3,500

3,000

4,200

4,000

3,500

9,000

9,000

8,200

8,000

7,500

46

47

48

49T

49T

Nassau

Leon

Escambia

Seminole

Flagler

3,500

2,500

3,000

5,000

4,500

3,500

4,000

3,400

1,000

1,500

7,000

6,500

6,400

6,000

6,000

49T

49T

53T

54

55T

Taylor

Gadsden

Clay

Okaloosa

Baker

3,500

4,500

2,500

3,000

2,000

2,500

2,500

3,400

2,500

3,000

6,000

6,000

5,900

5,500

5,000

55T

55T

55T

59T

59T

Dixie

Dade

Palm Beach

Calhoun

St. Johns

2,000

3,000

3,000

2,500

3,500

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

1,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

4,500

4,500

59T

59T

Liberty

Wakulla

1,000

1,000

500

500

1,500

1,500

----- Others*

1,000

1,000

2,000

----- State

973,000

827,000

1,800,000

* Other counties include Franklin, Gulf, Monroe, Pinellas, and Bay.
** Calves & Others includes calves, bulls, steers and replacement heifers.
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service


Florida Feeder Calves --- Major Destinations

Florida Feeder Calves --- Major Destinations



Florida Cattle Facts  Florida Cattle Facts
  • On January 1, 1999, Florida ranked third to Kentucky and Tennessee among states east of the Mississippi River, and 12th nationally in the number of beef brood cows with 973,000 head.
  • Florida ranchers shipped 446,407 feeder calves to markets outside the state in 1998, with 177,307 (38.1 percent) going to Texas.
  • Okeechobee is the states leading beef cattle county with 118,000 head on January 1, 1999.


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