LINCOLN, Neb. (February 25, 2014) Nebraska has surpassed Texas in the total number of cattle on feed in the state, federal statistics show.
Texas lost the top spot as of Feb. 1 after the total in the state dropped 7 percent over the past year, to 2.44 million head in feedlots with a capacity of at least 1,000 head compared with Nebraska's loss of less than a half a percent, to 2.46 million head.
Nebraska remains far behind in the total number of cattle with 6.5 million head, compared with 10.9 million in Texas.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that, as of Feb. 1 nationally, there were 10.76 million head of cattle being fattened for slaughter, compared with 11.07 million a year ago.