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S.D. cattle inventory down 5 percent as of January 1

All cattle and calves in South Dakota as of January 1, 2014 totaled 3.65 million head, down 5 percent from Jan. 1, 2013, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

All cows and heifers that had calved totaled 1.73 million head, down 3 percent from last year. Beef cows totaled 1.64 million head, down 3 percent from last year.

Milk cows totaled 95,000 head, up three percent from Jan. 1, 2013.

All heifers 500 pounds and over totaled 860,000 head, down six percent from last year.

Steers weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 670,000 head, down seven percent from last year.

Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 95,000 head, up six percent from last year.

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Calves under 500 pounds totaled 295,000 head, down 14 percent from January 1, 2013.

All cattle on feed fed for slaughter in South Dakota feedlots totaled 310,000 head, down three percent from the previous year.

The 2013 calf crop totaled 1.69 million head, down 1 percent from 2012. F

–USDA National Ag Statistics