Missouri Stocker Inventory

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service doesn’t directly collect Missouri stocker calves data, but estimated Jan. 1 stocker inventory for Missouri from 1985 to 2015 is shown below. This estimation was made by adding inventory values for steers and non-replacement heifers that weigh at least 500 pounds, as reported by USDA. Then, it subtracts the number of cattle/calves already on feed. This computation assumes that stocker calves represent all calves that weigh at least 500 pounds on January 1 and that are not kept for breeding or are not already in feedlots.

Between 1985 and 2015, the number of stocker calves in Missouri ranged between 490,000 head and 735,000 head, but estimated stocker inventory averaged 605,935 animals during this period. Estimated stocker inventory on Jan. 1, 2015, totaled 560,000 head. Producers may keep stocker animals on pasture or dry lots.

Estimated Missouri Stocker Inventory, 1985 to 2015

Estimated Missouri Stocker Inventory

At the national level, U.S. cattle producers had an estimated 11.6 million stocker calves on Jan. 1, 2015. Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma had the highest estimated stocker calf inventory levels on Jan. 1, 2015. Note that Missouri ranked seventh in the top 10 states.

Top 10 States for Estimated Stocker Inventory on Jan. 1, 2015

Top 10 States for Estimated Stocker Inventory