America's Top 25 Beef Cow Counties – Drovers Magazine

Texas is America’s top beef cow state, with 4.57 million head. In fact, Texas boasts 14% of all the nation’s beef cows, yet only two Texas counties makes the top-25 list of America’s leading beef cow counties. Scroll down to see the top 25 beef cow counties, as revealed in data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture released in April 2019, and an in depth analysis of the findings. 

(Editor’s note: This list is being updated to include Lavaca County, Tex., and Custer County, Neb., to the Top 25. Lavaca County will become No. 11 with 70,667 cows, and Custer County becomes No. 3 with 94,958. Those numbers are Drovers estimates based on their 2012 Ag Census numbers. The number of cows in those counties were not reported by the Ag Census for 2017. An explanation for those omissions appears at the end of this article.)

  • 52,613 beef cows
  • 82.3 cows per sq. mile

  • 52,726 beef cows
  • 10.5 cows per sq. mile

  • 53,307 beef cows
  • 26.5 cows per sq. mile

  • 54,371 beef cows
  • 27.9 cows per sq. mile

  • 54,394 beef cows
  • 16.2 cows per sq. mile

  • 55,484 beef cows
  • 21.9 cows per sq. mile

  • 55,668 beef cows
  • 14.7 cows per sq. mile

  • 55,924 beef cows
  • 6.0 cows per sq. mile

  • 56,448 beef cows
  • 87.9 cows per sq. mile

  • 57,341 beef cows
  • 53.6 cows per sq. mile

  • 57,847 beef cows
  • 14.4 cows per sq. mile

  • 57,999 beef cows
  • 25.1 cows per sq. mile

  • 63,816 beef cows
  • 22.0 cows per sq. mile

  • 66,395 beef cows
  • 44.0 cows per sq. mile

  • 68,865 beef cows
  • 6.7 cows per sq. mile


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Click here to see the top 10 beef cow counties and an indepth analysis of the findings. 

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