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Where's the Beef? Illustrated on this map are the counties where large populations of cattle are located according to the latest County Cattle Estimates report from Kansas Agriculture Statistics Service, which was released on May 9, 2016. Major 75,000+ Head Important 60,000+ Head Average 45,000+ Head Winners and Losers 2016 + 5000 Head and more - 5000 Head and more According to the 2016 Kansas Ag Statistics County Cattle Estimates, ten counties had gains of 5,000 head or more, while only two had losses of more than 5000 head. Specialization 2016 This map indicates the type of cattle ac- tivity taking place across Kansas. The figure represents the percentage of beef cows in relation to the total cattle popu- lation in the county. Some county data has not been provid- ed by KASS due to privacy concerns, which are the coun- ties left blank. Less than 15% beef cows Balanced 30-35% Cow herd 40% and up Top 25 Kansas counties for cattle By Donna Sullivan, Editor The National Agriculture Statistics Service released the county cattle estimates on May 9, showing an in- crease in the overall number of Kansas cattle and calves to 6.25 million as of January 1, 2016, up from 6 million in the 2015 survey. Cattle on feed rose from 2.18 million to 2.23 million head and dairy cows fell slightly to 142,000 from 2015's num- ber of 143,000. Despite dropping 5,000 head, Haskell County is still the state's top county for cat- tle, with 390,000. Gray County added 10,000 head to hold on to second place and Scott County saw the most gains, adding 15,000, to come in third with 245,000 head. Grant County also added 15,000 for a total of 240,000. Wichita County lost 5,000 head, and Washington County was the only other county to drop, losing 4,000 head. Ten counties had gains of 5,000 head or more. Increase in cattle numbers seen across state 5-24-16 sect. 1.qxp:Layout 1 5/19/16 11:41 AM Page 1

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