May is Beef Month, and the beef industry continues to be very important to Iowa's economy.
Here are some facts from the Iowa Beef Industry Council about how important the cattle industry is to our state:
n Total cattle inventory in Iowa (as of Jan. 1, 2013) - 3,850,000.
n State rank all cattle and calves (Jan. 1, 2013) - sixth (tied with South Dakota).
n USDA cattle on feed in Iowa (Jan. 1, 2013) - 1,280,000.
n State rank cattle and calves on feed (2013) - fourth.
n Yearly marketings (2012) - 1,920,000.
n Percentage of U.S. grain-fed beef produced in Iowa (2012) - 7.70 percent.
n Number of feedlots (2007) - 7,845.
n Number of cattle operations (2007) - 30,000.
n Number of farms with beef cows (2007) - 21,000.
n Number of beef cows (Jan. 1, 2013) - 925,000.
n State rank number of beef cows (2013) - ninth.
n Number of farms with dairy cows (2007) - 2,400.
n Number of dairy cows (Jan. 1, 2013) - 205,000.
n State rank number of dairy cows (Jan. 1, 2013) - ninth.
n Cash receipts from cattle and calves (2009) - $2.470 billion.
n Iowa jobs directly related to the cattle industry - 12,866.
n Iowa jobs indirectly related to the cattle industry - 26,500.
n Corn used in beef production (2006) - 148 million bushels.
n Iowa's cattle industry contributes in excess of $5.1 billion in business activity to Iowa's economy.
As you can see, the economic impact of Iowa's cattle industry doesn't end at the packing plant. It extends throughout Iowa's economy, adding value to Iowa's grain industry and providing a tax base for our schools and local governments.
Without the cattle industry, Iowa would be a very different place indeed.
So tonight, stop by the supermarket and treat yourself to some of the finest beef in the world - Iowa beef.
You deserve it.