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North Dakota continues to buck trends in beef cow numbers. While beef cow numbers in the U.S. on Jan.1, 2014 declined 255,000 head from Jan. 1, 2013, beef cows in N.D. increased 21,000 head to 943,000. This was the second year of increasing beef cow numbers in N.D., as numbers also went up 60,000 head on Jan. 1, 2013, compared to the previous year. U.S. beef cow numbers fell 862,000 during that same time with severe drought conditions in the Southern Plains. The 943,000 head in N.D. in 2014 was the highest since the 947,000 in 2005 and higher than the previous 10 year average of 911,300. Also interesting is that during 2012 beef cow numbers in all neighboring Northern Plains states also increased. But in 2013 all neighboring states lost beef cows with North Dakota's increase also bucking that trend.


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