The all cattle and calves number is expected to be below a year ago with most numbers related to the beef herd recording a year over year decline. Dairy cows are the exception which are expected to increase over half a percent. This is in line with the latest Milk Production report. Dairy heifers retained for breeding purposes is thought to be similar to a year ago to slightly higher after a volatile milk price year and the potential for milk quotas to be instilled again
For more on this topic, see the Livestock Monitor article below.