The number of cattle in Wisconsin increased 50,000 head last year. The National Ag Statistics Service says as of January 1 there were 3.45 million cattle and calves in the Badger State, 50,000 more than January 1, 2010 and 100,000 more than at the start of 2009.
In 2010 the state added 5,000 beef cows taking the herd to 265,000 and added 5,000 dairy cows to 1.265 million head and 20,000 calves joined the herd. There were 65,000 replacement beef animals an increase of 5,000 and 700,000 replacement dairy animals an increase of 30,000 from a year ago.
Wisconsin set a new milk production record in 2010, with 26.0 billion pounds. Milk per cow rose to 20,630 lbs. As of January 1, 2011 there were 12,431 licensed milk cow operations in Wisconsin, down 498 from a year ago.