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Record sales of milk and broilers in 1998 barely offset losses in other major sectors of the livestock industry, which remained relatively unchanged at $1.334 billion from the previous years $1.324 billion.

Milk sales were up 3.9 percent to a record $423.8 million; and broiler sales jump 10.2 percent to a record $252.8 million.

Value of sales for beef cattle and calves, eggs and hogs all slumped sharply in 1998, down a combined 9.7 percent.

There was a slight increase in the sales of aquaculture products , horses and mules and honey.




Livestock and Products Cash Receipts

Year

Milk

Cattle & Calves

Chickens & Eggs

Hogs

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

$423,878,000

$407,880,000

$431,280,000

$363,528,000

$408,408,000

$293,327,000

$312,828,000

$217,008,000

$289,802,000

$335,836,000

$367,313,000

$353,128,000

$353,811,000

$314,537,000

$290,905,000

$5,772,000

$11,883,000

$14,441,000

$11,581,000

$12,399,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

$385,503,000

$401,700,000

$372,947,000

$421,007,000

$387,960,000

$362,495,000

$343,168,000

$363,351,000

$390,561,000

$356,668,000

$298,121,000

$259,678,000

$276,398,000

$276,398,000

$308,032,000

$15,106,000

$13,126,000

$17,304,000

$20,558,000

$19,010,000



U. S. Per Capita Consumption of Meat-Fish-Eggs (Retail Pound)
 

Year

Beef

Veal

Pork

Lamb

Chicken

Turkey

Fish

Eggs*

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

64.9

63.8

64.2

64.0

63.6

61.5

0.7

0.9

1.0

0.8

0.8

0.8

49.1

45.6

49.0

49.2

49.5

48.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

51.6

50.9

49.8

48.8

49.3

48.5

14.2

13.9

14.5

14.1

14.1

14.1

14.5

14.5

14.9

14.9

15.1

14.9

244

239

237

236

239

236

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

62.8

63.1

64.0

65.4

68.6

0.8

0.8

0.9

1.0

1.3

49.5

46.9

46.4

48.4

48.8

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.1

1.0

46.7

44.2

42.5

40.5

39.3

14.2

14.1

13.8

13.1

12.4

14.7

14.8

15.0

15.6

15.1

235

234

234

236

246

1980

1970

72.1

79.8

1.3

2.0

52.1

48.3

1.0

2.1

32.5

27.4

8.1

6.4

12.4

11.7

271

309

* Number of eggs
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service


Honey Honey

Floridas honey crop rebounded in 1998 to its second best season ever.

Even with 10,000 fewer colonies, the Sunshine State produced more than 22 million pounds, up from 16 million the previous season; with a value of $14.4 million, up from $11.7 million the previous season.

There are about 1,500 commercial beekeepers with 230,000 colonies in Florida, and another 5,000 "hobby" beekeepers with five or less "backyard" colonies.


Production and Value of Florida Honey

Year

Colonies

Production (pounds)

Price (pound)

Crop Value

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

230,000

240,000

240,000

230,000

230,000

22,540,000

16,080,000

25,200,000

19,780,000

19,320,000

.64

.73

.86

.64

.47

$14,426,000

$11,738,000

$21,672,000

$12,659,000

$9,080,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

200,000

220,000

25,000

220,200

250,000

22,600,000

22,880,000

18,675,000

20,900,000

5,000,000

.50

.5

.53

.48

.48

$11,300,000

$12,126,000

$9,898,000

$10,332,000

$7,200,000

1980

1970

1960

350,000

364,000

277,000

20,300,000

25,116,000

19,390,000

.52

.16

.18

$10,556,000

$4,019,000

$3,490,000


Leading Honey Producing States --- 1998

State

Colonies

Production (pounds)

Price (pound)

Crop Value

California

North Dakota

Florida

South Dakota

Minnesota

450,000

230,000

230,000

225,000

140,000

37,350,000

29,440,000

22,540,000

21,375,000

11,060,000

.62

.63

.64

.64

.65

$23,150,000

$18,540,000

$14,426,000

$13,680,000

$7,180,000

U.S. Total

2,633,000

220,311,000

.65

$144,304,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service

Horses Horses 

Virtually every horse breed in the world is represented in Florida, led by Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Arabians.

The Florida horse industry creates more than 27,000 jobs and generates a direct and in direct payroll of more than $340 million.

Florida horsemen spend more than $1.2 billion in annual maintenance costs, including $185 million on feed.

Florida-bred horses rank second only to Kentucky in North America in the amount of purse money and stakes races won.

The Florida Thoroughbred breeding industry over the years has produced 40 North American champions, 61 equine millionaires, 17 Breeders Cup and 17 Classic winners, including the last Triple Crown winner Affirmed in 1978. In 1997, Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

In 1998, Florida-breds won more than 300 stakes races, and banked in excess of $130 million in purse money.

The Ocala area ranks as the worlds fourth largest breeding and training area, behind Lexington, Ky.; Newmarket, England; and Chantilly, France. Florida overtook California in 1998 to become the nations second largest producer of registered Thoroughbred foals.



Swine Swine

Florida hog inventories continued to decline, reaching an all-time low of 177,000 head, the fewest on record, which dates back to 1905.

The 1998 value of $5.772 million was the lowest since 1941, and the average price of $28 a hundred weight was the lowest since 1972. Florida sent only 110,000 hogs to market in 1998, the fewest number since 1927.

 

Swine Marketing and Cash Receipts

 

Year

Number Sold

Liveweight

Price (per cwt)

Cash Receipts

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

110,000

137,000

175,000

194,000

186,000

19,710,000

25,641,000

30,537,000

31,227,000

31,532,000

$28.00

$45.20

$45.10

$34.20

$37.60

$5,772,000

$11,883,000

$14,441,000

$11,581,000

$11,899,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

218,000

209,000

228,000

238,000

276,000

36,680,000

34,330,000

38,010,000

39,410,000

48,600,000

$39.80

$36.60

$43.10

$49.30

$38.20

$15,106,000

$13,126,000

$17,304,000

$20,558,000

$19,010,000

1980

1970

1960

684,000

438,000

341,000

143,203,000

83,170,000

74,104,000

$37.00

$21.90

$14.80

$53,076,000

$17,,563,000

$11,096,000

 

Swine Inventory and Pig Crop

 

Year

Market Hogs

Number Sows

Pig Crop

Total Number

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

45,000

65,000

85,000

100,000

100,000

115,000

16,000

18,000

23,000

26,000

28,000

30,000

116,000

131,000

161,000

188,000

197,000

218,000

177,000

214,000

269,000

314,000

325,000

363,000

1992

1991

1990

1989

135,000

130,000

140,000

140,000

29,000

35,000

33,000

39,000

197,000

248,000

229,000

296,000

361,000

413,000

402,000

475,000

1980

1970

1960

425,000

374,000

401,000

76,000

76,000

79,000

676,000

535,000

537,000

1,177,000

985,000

1,017,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service

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