Today I’d like to share with you some interesting facts about my home state’s beef cattle industry. Most people don’t normally associate Pennsylvania with beef cattle production and would be surprised to find out that the beef cattle industry is very important to agriculture in our state. My family currently operates a small cow-calf operation in south-central Pennsylvania. We raise Angus/Hereford crossbred beef cattle. We mainly sell our steers and some heifers as freezer beef to family and friends when the cattle reach a weight of approximately 1200 lbs. This year we have decided to retain our heifer calves to expand our herd.
Some facts about Pennsylvania’s beef industry:
- Pennsylvania farmers had 1,590,000 cattle and calves on January 1, 2009.
- During 2008, PA had 27,000 total cattle operations, including 12,300 beef cattle operations, ranging in size from 1 – 2,800+ cows.
- At the beginning of 2009, there were 75,000 head of cattle in feedlots in PA.
- PA ranks 20th in the country for beef production, 2nd in the country for veal production.
- PA has 5,000 feedlots feeding 1 to 1,000 head per feed lot.
- During 2008, PA produced 1,222.6 million lbs of red meat.
- PA boasts more than 3,000 certified beef and dairy producers in the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program; BQA certifies producers in best management practices with classroom and hands-on training.
To learn more about Pennsylvania’s beef industry, visit The Center for Beef Excellence.
The Pennsylvania Beef Council has recently created a series of videos featuring some beef producers from Pennsylvania. I’ve included these videos in today’s post to allow you to become more familiar with Pennsylvania’s beef cattle industry.