Beef Cattle in Kansas
Over half of the 64,000 farms in Kansas raise cattle, with over 5.7 million head marketed annually. In 2003, cash receipts for all Kansas commodities was slightly over 9 billion dollars. Of this, approximately 62% of the total cash receipts in Kansas came from cattle and calves. Nationally, Kansas ranks first in the number of cattle processed (approximately 8.2 million or about 23% of the U.S. total), second in fed cattle marketings (approximately 5.4 million or about 22% of the U.S. total), and seventh in beef cows (approximately 1.5 million or about 5% of the U.S. total). Additionally, Kansas producers graze or background about 2.5 to 3.0 million stockers annually. Without question, beef production is the economic workhorse of Kansas agriculture.