Katpau wrote:There are plenty of people who make a living on cattle, but you won’t find many with the time or the inclination to post here. It seems like most of the people with the time to post on this site don’t live in cattle country so I am not surprised that they don’t personally know full time producers.
It is still possible to make a living with cattle, but it does depend on where you live. In the Umpqua Valley of Oregon you can still find reasonable land to lease, but you will need to have lived her much of your life to have the connections to find it. Off the top of my head, I can think of 8 full time cow/calf operations and one stocker grower who are personal friends and have no income outside of the ranch. You won’t find any of them posting here. They don’t have that much spare time and most cattle questions they have can be better answered by a fellow rancher. My husband and I are retired from other occupations and run about 50 registered Angus cows on 1000 acres. We make a profit, but not enough to support our lifestyle. I would need up to 10 times as many cows for that, thousands more acres and it would mean working long hours. We do it because we enjoy it and it brings in a little extra income but we don’t depend on it as our primary income.
don't have many thousand acre ranches around here but 90% of the surrounding "million" acres has cattle on it. Small operators, some making money, some maybe not but that creates one pretty good size ranch and a he// of a lot of cattle. I do know they put a lot of meat into the food supply so I'll politely disagree with your comment.
a heII of a lot more not doing it full time than those that are.
U.S. Beef Community
•Average age of a principle beef cattle rancher is 58.32
•913,246 total cattle & calf operations2. Of these: ◦727,906 are beef farms and ranches. Of these: ◾91% are family-owned or individually-operated
◾11% are operated by women
◦26,586 are engaged in cattle feedlot production. Of these: ◾80% are family owned or individually operated
◾5% are operated by women
◦64,098 are milk cow operations
•Cattle inventory: 93.5 million, up 1.8% from January 20163 ◦31.2 million beef cows ◾6.4 million beef replacement heifers in 2017, a 1.3% increase from 2016
◦9.35 million milk cows
◦35 million head calf crop (2016)
•The average beef cow herd size is 40 head
•Of the 30,219 feedlots those with less than 1,000 head of capacity compose the vast majority of U.S. feedlots (93%)5
•As of Jan. 1, 2016 of the 13.1 million head on feed, feedlots with greater than 1,000 head capacity account for 81% of all cattle on feed5
•U.S. beef production in 2016 (commercial carcass weight) was 25.2 billion pounds4
•U.S. commercial slaughter in 2016 was 30.5 million head3
•The amount of beef consumed in the U.S. (i.e. purchased by consumers in foodservice and retail) in 2016 was 25.668 billion pounds1
•The amount of beef consumed in the U.S. Per Capita 55.7 lbs
•Average price of USDA Choice beef sold in retail in 2016 was $5.96/lb down from $6.29/lb in 20151
•Value of U.S. beef exports (including variety meat) in 2016: $6.343 billion, up from $6.302 billion in 20156
•Volume of beef export: 1,187,050 (metric tons) in 2016 up from 1,067,614 (metric tons) in 20156