The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new report showing Nebraska taking the lead in the number of cattle on feed.
The report says that as of Feb. 1, Nebraska surpassed Texas in the number of cattle on feed for feedlots with at least 1,000 head.
Traditionally Texas holds the position of top cattle feeding state in the nation, but the total in a drought-ravaged Texas has dropped 7 percent over the past year, to 2.44 million head in feedlots with a capacity of at least 1,000 head. That compares to Nebraska's loss of less than a half a percent, to 2.46 million head.
"This is a milestone for our modern and progressive agriculture industry," Gov. Heineman said after hearing the news. "Over the past decade, we have worked hard to develop and strengthen our corn, ethanol and cattle feeding sectors for the good of the whole."
Ag Director Greg Ibach adds that while those figures may fluctuate as the year progresses, it shows an overall positive trend for cattle feeding in Nebraska.
Nebraska remains far behind in the total number of cattle with 6.5 million head, compared with 10.9 million in Texas.
The governor's office says livestock development will be one of the important topics covered during the upcoming Governor's Ag Conference in Kearney. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn on March 5 and 6. For more, go to www.nda.nebraska.gov.