For years beef industry defenders have pointed to the “carbon sequestration” benefits of grazing cattle on grasslands.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture visited Canada last winter to promote Virginia beef cattle.
Virginia’s cattle population is currently 1.5 million, which is up about 30,000 head from 2016, according to the USDA.
U.S. cattle farmers can now export beef to China, which has opened up a previously closed market.
In January the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey about 920 cattle operations in Virginia to provide an up-to-date measure of cattle inventories.
Warmer summer temperatures can be a source of stress for people and animals—including cattle.
Adding value pays off for Virginia cattle producers through collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension
With more than 1.4 million head of cattle across the commonwealth, Virginia’s beef cattle industry is big business.