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The number of cattle and calves is up in North Dakota, while the number of sheep is down....

    FARGO, N.D. - The number of cattle and calves is up in North Dakota, while the number of sheep is down.

    All cattle and calves in North Dakota as of January 1, 2017 totaled 1.81 million head, up 6 percent from January 1, 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    All cows and heifers that had calved totaled 970,000 head, up 5 percent from last year.

    Beef cows totaled 954,000 head, up 6 percent from last year.

    Milk cows totaled 16,000 head, unchanged from January 1, 2016.

    All heifers 500 pounds and over totaled 420,000 head, up 9 percent from last year.

    Steers weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 255,000 head, unchanged from last year.

    Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 65,000 head, up 8 percent from last year.

    Calves under 500 pounds totaled 100,000 head, up 11 percent from January 1, 2016.

    All cattle on feed fed for slaughter in North Dakota feedlots totaled 50,000 head, down 9 percent from the previous year.

    The 2016 calf crop totaled 910,000 head, up 10 percent from 2015.

    All sheep and lamb inventory in North Dakota on January 1, 2017 totaled 66 thousand head, down 7,000 head from last year.

    Breeding sheep inventory totaled 52 thousand head, down 1,000 from last year. Ewes one year and older totaled 42 thousand head, down 2,000 head from 2016. Rams one year and older remained unchanged from last year's 2,000 head. Total replacement lambs was 8,000 head, up 1,000 head from last year.

    Market sheep and lambs totaled 14 thousand head, down 6,000 head from last year. A total of 1,000 head were mature sheep (one year and older) while the remaining 13 thousand were under one year. Market lamb weight groups were estimated as follows: 1,000 lambs were under 65 pounds; 4,000 were 65-84 pounds; 3,000 were 85-105 pounds; 5,000 were over 105 pounds.

    The 2016 lamb crop totaled 51 thousand head, up 1,000 from 2015. The 2016 lambing rate was 116 per 100 ewes one year and older, compared with 119 per 100 ewes in 2015.

    Shorn wool production during 2016 was at 430 thousand pounds, down 55 thousand pounds from 2015. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 59 thousand head, down 5,000 head from last year. The average price paid for wool sold in 2016 was $1.13 per pound, compared with $1.28 in 2015. The total value of wool produced in North Dakota was $486,000 in 2016.


    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council will hold their annual CornVention on Wednesday, February 8th, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

    CornVention: Growing Tomorrow's Farmers will feature speakers highlighting weather, soil health, social media advocacy and markets. Registration and a continental breakfast will start at 7:30 am. Mick Kjar, meteorologist, will provide a forecast of the 2017 growing season, followed by a panel titled "Getting Started with Soil Health." The panel, moderated by Dr. Abbey Wick, soil health specialist from NDSU Extension, will include farmers Terry Wehlander and Scott Huso, and crop consultants Mark Huso and Lee Briese.

    After a luncheon and the annual meeting of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the Peterson Farm Brothers will educate and entertain with their presentation titled "Advocating for Agriculture through Social Media." The Peterson Farm Brothers are young farmers from central Kansas known for their music parody videos and social media content promoting agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 40 million total views, which has led to many opportunities around the world to promote agriculture.

    The final speaker of CornVention is Dr. Bill Wilson, who will give a market update entitled "Dynamic and Structural Changes in World Commodity Trading and Logistics." Wilson is a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at NDSU.

    A trade show with over 30 vendors will also be held during CornVention. Around 3:30 pm, a grand prize drawing of Visa gift cards will be held. To be eligible, attendees must be members of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and be present.

    More information and the full CornVention agenda can be found at Questions can be directed to Katelyn by phone at (701) 364-2250 or

    The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) was created in 1991 and consists of 7 members representing 7 districts. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota's corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.

    The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is the farmer-led organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers. The NDCGA consists of 14 growers from 7 districts along with 4 at-large directors. The NDCUC and NDCGA work together to grow a healthy, profitable business climate for northern corn.



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