Beef Industry in Oklahoma
Agriculture is extremely important to Oklahoma State. Agricultural production returned almost $5.9 billion to the farm economy in 2009. In 2010, about 80 percent of the state’s land area, or 35,200,000 acres were used by the 86,500 farms to produce a very diverse array of food products.
The cattle industry is the largest segment of Oklahoma agriculture and account for 46% of all cash receipts. In 2009, total cash receipts for cattle and calves was $4.8 billion.
Here are a few more facts about the cattle industry in Oklahoma
• 97% of Oklahoma farms and ranches are family owned.
• Total Number of beef farms and ranches 55,000
• Total number of cattle & calves, January 1, 2011: 5.1 million (Ranked 5th in the nation)
• In 2009 Oklahoma cattle producers contributed $2.2 billion to the Oklahoma economy.
• Cattle are the ideal mechanism for efficiently utilizing grasses and plant residues growing on the 7.10 million acres of Oklahoma agricultural land. Many of these acres are not suited for the production of cultivated crops and would be wasted if it were not for ruminants, such as cattle, turning these resources into essential protein and nutrients for human use. Crop residues serve as a valuable feed source and is just one way Oklahoma beef producers ensure a clean environment.