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World Cattle Inventory: Ranking of countries (FAO)

According to the FAO, the world has 1.468 billion head of cattle.  Brazil has the largest cattle inventory in the world followed by India and China.

More than 100 countries (104) have a cattle inventory in excess of 1 million head. 

The United States has the 4th largest cattle inventory in the world, behind China and a head of Ethiopia.


When expectations become reality

For the past few years, beef cattle producers have been receiving strong economic signals to increase the size of the nation's cow herd. While recent market prices have been historically high, expansion has been limited across much of the country due to large areas of significant drought. However, the situation has changed to the point where drought conditions currently exist only in the far west and in the southern tip of Florida.


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