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Livestock History

LivestockLIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY RECORD HIGHS FOR ILLINOIS THROUGH 1997





















































ITEM YEAR OF
RECORD
RECORD HIGH
Hogs & Pigs Inventory 1963/1964 7,748,000
Cattle & Calves Inventory 1957 4,149,000
Milk Cow Inventory 1935 1,231,000
Sheep & Lambs Inventory 1931 975,000
Chicken Inventory 1927 28,236,000
Milk Production 1945 5.8 billion lbs.
Egg Production 1955 3.0 billion eggs
Turkeys Raised 1990 4,460,000
Wool Production 1942 6,644 thousand lbs.

 




NUMBER OF ILLINOIS FARMS WITH LIVESTOCK AND DAIRY
























































Year Cattle Milk Cows Hogs Sheep
--- Number ---
1950 163,000 147,000 140,000 22,000
1960 115,000 52,000 92,000 26,000
1970 68,000 16,000 50,000 13,000
1980 50,000 6,500 30,000 7,000
1990 33,000 3,700 15,300 4,500
1997 26,000 1,900 7,500 3,100

 




ILLINOIS LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY INVENTORY NUMBERS 































































Year Hogs &
pigs*
Cattle &
calves
Beef
cows
Milk
cows
Sheep &
lambs
---1,000 Head---
1950 6,285 3,223 380 1,001 576
1960 7,469 3,981 668 648 722
1970 6,842 3,325 785 347 386
1980 6,950 2,700 699 235 173
1990 5,700 1,750 493 177 159
1998 4,750 1,690 475 145 79

* December 1, preceding year for 1970-98




ILLINOIS PRODUCTION OF SELECTED COMMODITIES



























































Year Milk Eggs Turkeys raised Wool
Mil. Lbs. Million Thousand Thous. Lbs.
1950 5,208 2,987 N/A 3,569
1960 4,229 2,397 N/A 4,787
1970 2,850 1,820 832 2,232
1980 2,540 1,266 474 1,327
1990 2,559 793 4,460 925
1997 2,307 838 3,500 546

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