Date of this Version
Cornhusker Economics, May 6, 1998, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
Cattle numbers in the U.S. peaked in 1975 at about 130 million head. Since that time, cattle numbers have generally been declining. Numbers are affected by the cattle cycle, but peak numbers are declining with each new cycle. The January 1, 1998 inventory of cattle was less than 100 million head.