Nationally, the beef feedlot industry in Minnesota is in a unique position. That Minnesota ranks ninth in total number of cattle and calves on feed is itself significant; uniquely, nearly 50 percent of our potential slaughter cattle are Holstein steers. None of the other high-ranking cattle feeding states have this advantage. Unfortunately, half of the potential 400,000 Holstein steers exit Minnesota to be finished elsewhere, accounting for a loss in potential income to Minnesota farm families of $120 million yearly, or potential income for another 2,500 families.
Meg Moynihan, Principal Administrator
Minnesota Farm Opportunities
Ag Marketing & Development Division