MISSOURI – The Show-Me State is the number two beef cow state in the nation, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle count.
Missouri showed a 63-thousand increase in 2013. Arkansas had the fourth biggest growth last year, with a 31-thousand-cow increase. Nebraska, which had been second best for two years, dropped to fourth, while Oklahoma comes in third. Texas remains the number one state in terms of cattle, with just under 4 million cows.
Cattle numbers national continue to decline, losing 255-thousand head in 2013. The U.S. now has 29 million cows, the lowest number since 1962.
Researchers say dry weather and droughts across the country continue to hurt the national cattle herd.