Cattle and calves are the No. 1 agricultural commodity produced in Oklahoma, accounting for 46 percent of total agricultural cash receipts and adding about $2 billion to the economy, according to National Agricultural Statistics Service data. NASS data indicates Oklahoma is the nation’s fifth-largest producer of cattle and calves, with the third-largest number of cattle operations in a state.
Heath Herje is an agriculture educator for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Cleveland County. He also writes on wildlife issues. He can be reached at 405-321-4774.