Beef cow numbers are down slightly and dairy cow numbers are up. According to USDA’s semi-annual cattle inventory report, beef cow numbers are down one percent from one year ago. Dairy cow numbers up one percent. The number of beef cows was down five percent in Minnesota, down two percent in North Dakota and up one percent in South Dakota. For dairy cows, the inventory in Minnesota rose two percent; North Dakota is unchanged and South Dakota is up a whopping 11 percent.
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