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Georgia Beef & Cattle Facts

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United States
May 10, 2022
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Georgia Beef & Cattle Facts Georgia-raised cattle descend from stock in Europe, Africa and South America. Georgia cattlemen own approximately 1.3 million head of cattle worth more than $676 million. Annual cash receipts total more than $262 million, making cattle the state's sixth largest cash crop. Because cattle are grown in all 159 counties of Georgia, the beef industry has a large impact on the state's economy (estimated at more than $2 billion). About 71 percent of Georgia cattlemen are commercial cow-calf producers (they sell calves that are eventually fed to finish weight for beef); 21 percent are purebred cow-calf producers (they sell purebred cattle for breeding); and 8 percent are stockers (they buy calves, add weight to them and sell them to feedlots for finishing). In Georgia, 87 percent of our 23,000 producers own less than 100 head. Yet this group owns only 46 percent of cattle. The other 13 percent of Georgia cattlemen (3,300 ...
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