Economic Impact of the Kansas Livestock Industry

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• Kansas ranked third nationally with 6.4 million cattle on ranches and in feedyards as of January 1, 2017. That's a little over twice the state's human population of more than 2.9 million. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Cattle and calves represented 56.8% of the 2015 Kansas agricultural cash receipts. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Cattle generated $7.8 billion in cash receipts during 2016. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Kansas ranked sixth nationally in beef cow numbers as of January 1, 2017, with 1.57 million head. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Kansas ranks second nationwide in commercial cattle processed with 6.1 million head in 2016. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Kansas ranks third in the value of beef and veal exported at $712 million in 2015. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Meat packing and prepared meat products manufacturing make up the largest share of the food processing industry in the state. This industry provides employment for over 18,700 people in Kansas. (Kansas Department of Labor)

• Kansas ranked third in fed cattle marketed with 4.63 million in 2016. That represents more than 22% of all cattle fed in the United States. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Kansas ranked third in total red meat production in 2016. Beef represented nearly 5.4 billion pounds of the total. (Kansas Ag Statistics)   

• Kansas companies that produce, process, distribute and sell meat and poultry products employ as many as 19,798 people and generate an additional 50,852 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries. These include jobs in companies supplying goods and services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers, as well as those depending on sales to workers in the meat industry. (American Meat Institute)

• The meat industry was responsible for as much as $12.9 billion in economic activity in Kansas during 2012. (American Meat Institute.)

• Kansas ranks fourth in hides and skins exported from the U.S., totaling $228.3 million in 2015. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• In 2012, Kansas had 27,600 farms with cattle and calves. (Kansas Ag Statistics)

• Kansas has 46 million acres of farm ground; however, not all of this land can be used to grow crops. Cattle are the ideal mechanism for efficiently utilizing grasses and plants growing on the 15.5 million acres of Kansas pastureland. 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. (Kansas Ag Statistics)